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Prevention

At Dr. Tom B. Styles, we want to provide the highest quality dental treatment to all our patients. Ideally, our team wants to equip you and your family with the best dental hygiene routine to prevent all tooth decay, cavities, and need for more invasive procedures. By scheduling regular dental visits, preventing tooth decay, controlling your diet, providing dental sealants when necessary, and administering fluoride treatments, we can prevent cavities, tooth loss, and more! For more information about dental prevention, never hesitate to stop by our San Antonio office!

Regular Dental Visits

family brushing their teeth before bed and practicing good dental hygiene

To maintain a healthy smile, it is vital to have professional cleanings and regular check-ups. Dr. Tom B. Styles recommends visiting your general dentist twice a year (once every six months). At each appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and provide an evaluation of existing dental problems and proposed treatment.

Tooth Decay Prevention

Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting from bacteria that naturally occur in your mouth and the sugars consumed in your diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria to produce acids. These acids break down the minerals in teeth, forming a cavity. Dentists can remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings or cover the tooth with a crown. Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental check-ups, diet control and fluoride treatment.

Diet Control

The teeth, bones and soft tissues of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups help minimize and avoid cavities and other dental problems. Consuming sugary and starchy foods should be limited, including candies, cookies, chips and crackers. Healthier foods, such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, help promote stronger teeth.

Dental Sealants

The grooves that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) are extremely difficult to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria react with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Dental sealants can protect these areas by sealing the grooves, preventing bacteria and food particles from accumulating. The sealants are made of a resin material that is applied to the back teeth, molars, premolars and any area prone to cavities. Dental sealants last for several years but need to be checked during regular appointments.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking fluoridated water and daily brushing and flossing ensures significantly fewer cavities. Most public water sources contain fluoridated water. Your dentist can evaluate the level of fluoride in your primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements if necessary. There are also many kinds of toothpaste, mouthwashes and even some dental flosses that contain fluoride.

Call Your San Antonio Dentist About Prevention Today!

For all questions or concerns about prevention, please call the office of Dr. Tom. B Styles. Our team will be happy to assist you! We want to ensure all of our patients are doing everything in their power to prevent tooth decay. With the help of our dental cleanings and dental sealants, and your continual brushing and flossing, we will prevent tooth decay! To schedule your next appointment, contact our San Antonio office. Let’s prevent decay and cavities together!