Tooth decay is a prevalent oral health concern that affects both children and adults. According to recent statistics, more than 90% of adults in the United States have had a cavity in their lifetime, while 42% of children ages 2-11 have had cavities in their primary teeth and 59% of children and adolescents ages 12-19 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Although these numbers are alarmingly high, with preventive checkups and routine care, your Miami dentist at Balmir-Thevenin & Associates, DDS, PA can help to reduce your family’s risk of dental disease. We emphasize prevention and early intervention to help patients maintain excellent oral health.
Tooth decay is caused by a buildup of plaque, which is a sticky film that gathers continuously in your mouth, harboring harmful bacteria that feed on sugar. The bacteria in plaque produce acids, which eat away at tooth enamel to form cavities. While brushing and flossing daily as well as limiting your intake of sugar are important steps to prevent cavities, it’s also important to visit our office for biannual checkups and professional teeth cleanings. During a teeth cleaning, we thoroughly remove any residual plaque from the difficult to reach areas between your teeth and gums. As an added level of protection against tooth decay in pediatric patients, we also recommend periodic fluoride treatments, which strengthen tooth enamel to prevent cavities, and dental sealants, which shield the molars from deposits of plaque and food debris. At every checkup visit, our Miami dentist will perform a comprehensive examination, using advanced digital radiography, as needed. If we detect a cavity, our dentist will gently remove the decay, then restore the tooth with a durable dental filling that precisely matches your natural tooth color.
At Balmir-Thevenin & Associates, DDS, PA, our Miami dentist utilizes leading-edge technology and methods to prevent, detect and treat tooth decay. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.