According to a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, more than one in five Americans have untreated cavities. This is partially due to budget cuts for dental care among people on Medicaid. However, even people with dental insurance shy away from regular dental care for fear of out-of-pocket expenses. In truth, seeing your dentist in Washington for regular dental checkups can save you money by helping you avoid the consequences of untreated cavities and other dental health problems.
The Statistics on Cavities
Believe it or not, the report found that teenagers fared (what is trying to be said in this sentence?) the best among the population with 13 percent between the ages of 12 and 19 having untreated cavities. Twenty percent of children age five to 11 had untreated cavities and the highest rate at 25 percent was found among people between the ages of 20 to 44.
Avoiding Cavities with Six-Month Checkups
One of the best ways to avoid having untreated cavities is to schedule dental checkups every six months. At thesesix-month appointments, Dr. Mace and his team can easily monitor the condition of your teeth and spot tooth decay early in development. He’ll visually check each tooth and probe the biting surfaces to find soft spots in the enamel that may indicate the beginning of a cavity. Annual digital x-rays help him see if a cavity is developing below the surface or between two teeth.
When found early, a cavity is simple to repair with a tooth-colored filling. Made of composite resin material, this type of filling not only blends with the natural color of your tooth but also provides an outcome that is even stronger and more durable than a metal filling.
Left untreated, however, a cavity can lead to more serious problems that often require more extensive—and more expensive—treatment. In the case of severe decay, a dental crown may be necessary or even root canal therapy.
Avoid Cavities with Good Oral Hygiene
In between dental checkups, we need you to do your part in the battle against tooth decay. First, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. The American Dental Association now recommends brushing for at least two minutes in order to thoroughly clear away plaque and debris from all the surfaces of your teeth. Follow-up with flossing, which removes plaque from between teeth and along the gum line.
Secondly, watch what you eat. Limit sweet treats and sugary beverages, which can both increase the risk of tooth decay. Eat a healthy diet of lean protein, dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Schedule a Dental Checkup Today
If you’re due for a dental checkup with the dentist in 63090, then call the office of Dr. James Mace today. We’ll be glad to schedule an appointment at your convenience for you or any other member of the family.