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Dental cavities in Waltham

It’s never a pleasant experience when you have a cavity and need to get a filling. Fortunately, cavities are preventable. Practicing good daily oral hygiene, seeing an experienced regularly for checkups and your hygienist for professional cleanings at Moody Street Dental on ELM STREET, greatly decreases your chances of getting developing tooth decay and getting cavities.

Good consistent, daily oral hygiene in conjunction with seeing our Waltham dentist for regular dental checkups and professional cleanings is the key to cavity prevention. Tooth decay and cavities develop when bacteria builds up the mouth and develops into a sticky film. This substance is called plaque. When you brush your teeth, you eliminate the plaque. However, when you don’t brush your teeth for a long period of time, the plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with regular teeth-brushing. You have to see your hygienist to get the tartar removed during your professional cleaning. Your daily good oral hygiene practice is a great way to prevent tartar from forming and to rid of bacteria as well. By brushing your teeth twice daily along with flossing, you rid of the plaque before it has a chance to harden into tartar and bacteria that lead to tooth decay and cavities. There are other ways to help you to prevent cavities too. Diet also plays an important role in the development of cavities. Lessening or completely eliminating cavity causing, sugary and starchy foods from your diet. If you do get a cavity, it can be quite painful. Tooth pain is the most common symptom. You should see an experienced dentist for an evaluation if you have any type of oral pain. If you have a cavity, your dentist will most likely have to repair it by drilling and placing a filling in the area where the cavity was. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious dental health problems.

If you have tooth pain or think you might have a cavity, contact our office right away. We’ll get you in to see our Waltham dentist as soon as possible.

52 ELM STREET
WALTHAM, MA 02453
NEW PATIENTS: (781) 214-4476
EXISTING PATIENTS: (781) 894-0889

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Preventive care in Waltham

Preventive care here at Moody Street Dental on ELM STREET, combined with brushing and flossing at home, will keep tooth decay and gum disease from being frequent occurrences. Just one visit to our practice every six months is all it takes to maintain your oral health.

Controlling dental plaque and what it can do to your teeth and gums is the focus of preventive care at our Waltham dental office. Plaque is invisible, but it has the properties of a film, which you can verify any morning when you wake up. Does it feel like you have a coating on your teeth? That’s plaque. It’s bacterial nature is responsible for morning breath, but that’s the least of what it does. Brushing first thing each day, and again before you go to sleep is essential prevention, as is flossing before bed. But not all the plaque in your mouth is swept up by your oral hygiene routine. What remains hardens into tartar, for which you need a trip to our Waltham dental office to deal with. A professional teeth cleaning eliminates tartar buildup, and reverses the signs of early stage gum disease (gingivitis). Most important of all, gum disease will not reach the later stage, in which inflammation and infection can cause receding gums, loss of gum and bone tissue, loose teeth, and more. Your twice-yearly visit to our Waltham dental office also includes a full dental exam and periodic x-rays. Prevention also covers the prompt detection and filling of any cavities before they grow large enough to put you at risk for toothaches, infections, and the procedures necessary to address them.

Prevention is not only better for your oral health and your comfort, but it costs less than after the fact treatment, as well. Call us Waltham dental office today to arrange an appointment.

52 ELM STREET
WALTHAM, MA 02453
NEW PATIENTS: (781) 214-4476
EXISTING PATIENTS: (781) 894-0889