More than 45% of kids in the United States under the age of 19 have some degree of tooth decay, and this number jumps to 91% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64. And the primary tool that prevents this decay from destroying teeth altogether is a filling. At Daniel Park, DMD, PA, Dr. Park offers fillings to patients of all ages in Crofton, Maryland, preserving their dental health for years to come. To learn more about your options for fillings, call or use the online scheduling tool.
The numbers surrounding tooth decay in the United States are eye-opening; it affects nearly half of children and most adults. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in your mouth produce acids that attack your enamel, creating cavities, also called dental caries, in your teeth.
Your mouth naturally contains bacteria, which combine with the foods you eat to form plaque, that slippery substance you can feel along the surfaces of your teeth. If this plaque isn’t cleared away properly, especially in hard-to-reach places where brushing and flossing can’t get to, the plaque hardens into tartar, where bacteria really go to work and eat away at your enamel.
Left unchecked, these bacteria eventually destroy your entire tooth, which is where a filling comes in. When Dr. Park identifies a trouble spot, he can clear away the affected matter and fill in the area with a filling, effectively halting the progression of decay.
You can choose from several options when it comes to the materials Dr. Park uses for fillings. If budget and strength are considerations, a place amalgam filling is a great option.
If aesthetics are a concern and you don’t like the look of metal, you can opt for a composite resin filling, which better matches the natural color of your teeth. Dr. Park also offers glass ionomers, which are tooth-colored materials made of a mixture of acrylic acids and fine glass powders.
There are several ways you can prevent tooth decay, starting with a good cleaning regimen at home, which should include:
In addition to your home care, it’s imperative that you keep up with your twice-annual professional cleanings.
You can also protect your child’s teeth from decay by having Dr. Park apply a sealant, which shields their softer teeth from enamel-eating bacteria.
To learn more about combating tooth decay with fillings, call Daniel Park, DMD, PA, or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.