What is Tooth Decay?

Dental Advice in Pomona, NY, to Protect Your Oral Health

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

At Compassion Dental Care, PLLC, we strive to provide New Patients with the highest standard of dental care. Part of maintaining optimally healthy teeth and gums is to take a proactive, preventive approach to your at-home routine. During your regular office visits with us, we not only thoroughly assess your teeth and gums and recommend the most beneficial course of treatment, but we also give helpful dental advice. In Pomona, NY, our patients have come to expect nothing less than excellence from our talented and passionate dental health professionals.

You can browse our collection of online articles about proper hygiene, common problems and treatments, dental product reviews, and more. Whenever you have a question, you can feel free to call us or consult our online library of educational materials. The more you know, the better you can care for your teeth and gums between appointments.

The Knowledge You Need to Prevent Tooth Decay

Of course, routine cleanings and exams will always be essential for eliminating tough-to-remove tartar and for scanning for the early signs of disease. But the better care you take of your teeth and gums at home, the easier your next visit will be. The best oral health starts with an effective at-home cleaning routine. And effective routines start with having the right information about how to care for your teeth. That’s why we offer an abundance of educational articles on a range of subjects. In our online library, you’ll find useful information related to:

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At our dental office, we believe in the importance of making sure that patients always have access to the information they need in order to understand their oral health. Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to safeguard the overall health and well-being of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. And remember: we are here to take your calls, answer your questions, and set up your next office visit.

Contact us with any questions and to schedule your next appointment. We proudly treat patients in the Pomona, New York, area. 

Plaque is an insidious substance—a colorless, sticky film—that blankets your teeth and creates an environment in which bacteria erode tooth enamel, cause gum irritation, infection in inner structures such as pulp and the roots, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

Some of the biggest culprits causing plaque are foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates, including soda beverages, some juices, candy and many kinds of pasta, breads and cereals.

Plaque also can attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road.

Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay.  It can also cause your gums to become irritated, inflamed, and bleed. Over time, the plaque underneath your gums may cause periodontal disease, which can lead to bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

Inside your teeth, decay can gradually destroy the inner layer, or dentin.  It can also destroy the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and other tissues, as well as the root. 

Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease. This serious condition occurs when the structures that support your teeth—the gums and bone—break down from the infection.  Pain, hypersensitivity and bleeding are some of the signs of periodontal disease.

Simple Preventative Measures

The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Most public drinking water contains fluoride, but if you are unsure of your water supply, then use a good quality mouth rinse containing fluoride.

A good way to help your oral health between brushing is chewing sugarless gum; this stimulates your body's production of saliva, a powerful chemical that actually neutralizes plaque formation and rinses decay-causing food particles and debris from your mouth.

In some cases, our office can prescribe anti-cavity rinses or apply special anti-cavity varnishes or sealants to help fight decay.