Tooth decay is the destruction of hard tooth structure by bacterial by-products. Plaque, a sticky film by-product of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the tooth can break down. This is when cavities can form.
Fluoride, found naturally in water, is regulated to an optimal level in public water supplies at about 1 part per million for tooth development and bone growth. In school studies fluoride has been shown to dramatically reduce dental decay in children.
Not only do digital x-rays allow immediate viewing, more compact storage, enhanced viewing and email communication between dental practitioners, they also require less radiation than traditional film-based x-rays. To learn more about the safety of dental x-rays
Found in 80% of American adults, periodontal disease is a silent disease of the gums that contributes to tooth loss. In the gum pocket around each tooth bacteria produces toxins that stimulate the body’s immune system. The resulting inflammatory response causes the gums to separate from the tooth and the bone, and the gums adjacent to the tooth to recede. Additionally, research has shown gum infections have implications in general health such as heart disease.
Kids out of school? Does the family have a little more free time?
The weather may not feel like summer has come to Duluth yet, but it’s here. Now is the best time to get the entire family, or one family member, scheduled for their recommended cleanings and dental work. Don’t wait! End of August appointments fill up fast. Call 218-722-1715 to schedule.