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Tooth decay is a dangerous dental issue that is also known as a cavity. It should be avoided at all costs, especially because it can destroy your tooth, smile and oral health if you let it. To increase your chances of preventing tooth decay, our dentist, Dr. Ryan Wilson, is happy to tell you all about it. The more you know, the better. So, he would like to share the following tooth decay facts with you:

-Tooth decay is caused by plaque, and plaque thrives on sugar and carbohydrates. Plaque is a sticky, white substance that adheres to the teeth and gumline. It can even reside between your teeth. It’s very important to remove the plaque on a daily basis.

-In order to remove the plaque, you need to brush twice a day and floss once a day. But, if the plaque is left on the smile for a long period of time, then it’s very hard to remove. A professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove it at this point.

-You can treat tooth decay. There are many treatments available, and each treatment can help at different stages of the cavity. A dental filling can help at the early stages. A dental crown can help at the later stages. Root canal therapy can help when the cavity has infected the inside of the tooth. And tooth extraction might be needed if the tooth is no longer salvageable.

-Tooth decay can spread to infect the entire tooth and even the surrounding teeth, so it’s important to treat it as soon as possible.

Call Canyon Dental Care today at (505) 278.7007 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team will be thrilled to teach you all about tooth decay in Farmington, New Mexico, so please don’t be afraid to contact us. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!