Tooth decay is one of the most common and preventable oral health diseases, affecting both adults and children. Unfortunately, not everyone has had access to quality dental care or understands how decay forms and spreads.
The bacteria in your mouth need fuel to survive, and they get this fuel from the foods you eat and the sugars within them. When the bacteria feed on sugar, they create an acidic byproduct. Acid softens the enamel of teeth and dissolves it away, which exposes teeth to damage.
Brushing and flossing help protect your teeth by removing the food particles that the bacteria feed on. Though no matter how diligently you take care of your teeth, some plaque will collect. This is why regular dental cleanings are so important.
When decay occurs, it will need to be removed and your tooth will need a filling. The filling replaces the decayed tooth structure that was removed.
Your dentist in Lansing, MI uses a durable, tooth-colored filling material to restore your teeth and allow them to have a natural look. This means no metal or silver.
If you have a cavity or are looking to replace your older silver fillings, ask a team member about our quality tooth-colored fillings.