Woman with curly hair arms crossed on grey backgroundHas it been a while since you last visited your dentist? While the idea of a general cleaning may not be the most exciting, regular checkup and examinations can help you prevent and treat the effects of tooth decay before they become severe. By establishing a semiannual visitation schedule, you will not have to wait until a painful toothache spurs an appointment. Although your at-home brushing and flossing form your primary method for removing cavity-forming bacteria, professional cleanings remove advanced deposits you cannot address on your own. If left on the surface, plaque and tartar damage your enamel by producing acidic erosion and creating holes that expose your tooth’s inner structure. This can lead to painful infection of the pulp and threaten your gum and jawbone health as well.

At your Riverside, CA, dental practice, we prefer being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to tooth decay! This means removing plaque and tartar every six months at your general appointments. When we do discover a cavity, prompt treatment can preserve as much of your healthy tooth as possible!

Regular Cleanings Protect Your Enamel

Because it can be hard to notice the beginning stages of oral health problems on your own, regularly attending the dentist provides early indication of potential dangers before they progress. We can remove bacterial formations before they cause permanent structural damage. Otherwise, the intense pain of a tooth infection may be the first symptom of decay you notice when you avoid routine cleanings. Because earlier detection can lead to more conservative treatment, you may save costs in the long run by preventing the need for a more involved solution while maintaining healthier teeth.

Treating A Cavity

While we stress taking the best steps to prevent decay in the first place, you may still experience a cavity from time to time. When this happens, we can provide restorative treatment to preserve your tooth’s structure and stop the spread of decay. We will numb your problem tooth and remove decaying tissue with specialized tools. Depending upon the size, shape, and location of your cavity, we will place a filling, inlay, onlay, or crown to prevent bacteria from accessing the inner structure of your tooth.

Speak With Your Riverside, CA Dentist About Treating Tooth Decay

To find out more about how we can take care of you when you have a cavity, reach out to any of our locations near you at the following:

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.