Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children and adolescents. About ¼ of children and more than half of teens currently have this illness. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 90% of adults over age 20 have some amount of tooth-root decay. However, tooth decay is highly preventable. By providing effective dental care during childhood, better long-term oral health may be achieved.
Here are some practices that can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues at every age:
Brush teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled brush. Clean your tongue gently with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen enamel. Children should use only toothpastes designed for kids’ use. Replace toothbrushes every 2-3 months.
Clean between teeth daily. Use dental floss or another interdental cleaner. Talk to your dentist in 60172 for a recommendation and instructions for effective use.
Eat healthy foods and limit sugary and acidic foods. Drink plenty of water.
A recent study on the effectiveness of sealants was published jointly by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). They found that dental sealants can prevent up to 80% of tooth decay in permanent molars when used for children and teens. Adults may see similar benefits from use, as well. Additionally, no adverse effects have been reported with use of sealants on patients of any age. Talk to our dentist about whether dental sealants may help you prevent tooth decay.
Fluoridation of public water has been listed by the CDC as one of the great achievements in public health in the 20th century. Studies have shown tooth decay in children who have fluoridated water sources is reduced by up to 40%. If you have concerns about tooth enamel weakness or if you live in an area without fluoridated water, ask our dentist whether supplemental fluoride may be right for you.
Visit our office for a professional cleaning and thorough exam at least twice each year, or as instructed. Seek treatment right away if issues are identified.
Effective preventive care saves time and money and can help ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. For more information about tooth decay prevention, contact our dental office in Roselle, IL.
Endodontic, or root canal, treatment is a safe, effective solution for treating an infection in the tooth root or surrounding tissues. In most cases, this preserves the natural tooth, allowing it to remain healthy for many more years. While it is rare, there are occasions when an infection can return months or even years after treatment. When this occurs, an endodontic retreatment may be recommended.
When is endodontic retreatment recommended?
Though it is rare for retreatment to be needed, it may be recommended to preserve a previously-treated tooth in certain cases. The most common reason for needing retreatment is infection, which can be caused by:
- New tooth decay
- Loose, cracked, or broken crown
- Delayed placement of the crown following initial treatment
- Fractured tooth
How is endodontic retreatment performed?
Retreatment is completed in the same manner as the initial root canal treatment. Our dentist in 60172 will remove the crown and filling materials, remove the infection, and clean the canals before refilling them to prevent recurrence of infection. Once healed, a new dental crown will be placed.
If you are experiencing discomfort in a tooth that has previously had root canal treatment, contact our dental office in Roselle, IN for an evaluation. It could save your tooth.