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How patients in Wichita can participate in preventing cavities

There are two concerns dentists have in regards to the health and wellness of their patients' smiles: cavities and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition that results in the damage of existing natural teeth and gum tissue, while cavities are areas of decay that occur due to the development of plaque and tartar and poor oral health.

Cavities can form on natural teeth at any time and they must be detected early on for conservative treatment. Areas of decay are addressed by preparing the area for a special filling. This filling seals off the area of decay and the tooth to keep the condition from becoming an even larger problem. The earlier cavities are caught, the better. Once these areas of decay have gotten large, they may infect the dental pulp deep within the tooth and can result in the need for root canal therapy—or worse, extraction.

Preventing cavities is easy with dental care in Wichita. The team of East Wichita Dentist is committed to providing not only general dentistry but preventative care. Patients should brush their teeth after every meal, floss at least once a day, and keep regular visits with their dentist for examinations to ensure there is no development of cavities. This is also a great way to stay on top of other problematic conditions such as periodontal disease, which can also form due to poor oral health.

Sometimes cavities do not have any signs or symptoms for the patient. Patients may be unaware they have areas of tooth decay and this is why it is necessary for professionals to provide examinations at least twice a year. Other times, patients may notice extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, sweets, or pain and discomfort, which are indicative of an area of tooth, decay. If tooth decay is caused by poor oral health, periodontal disease may follow, so a visit with a dental professional is highly recommended in these situations.

Are you interested in learning more about the methods available for preventing cavities and periodontal disease? Call East Wichita Dentist today to schedule an exam with our comprehensive dental team.
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