Tooth Decay Prevention

Tooth Decay Prevention Across Greater Hixson & Chattanooga, TN

Let Tennessee River Dental Help With Tooth Decay Prevention

For the people across greater Hixson, Chattanooga, and Red Bank, a large portion of successful dentistry is getting patients, and especially children, in for regular checkups. Healthy smiles are best achieved when you visit your general dentist, Dr. Ken Randall, at Tennessee River Dental every six months. Our regular evaluation of your teeth and any existing issues can help to prevent tooth decay.

How Does Tooth Decay Happen

Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth mix with sugars from the foods and drinks you consume. The sugar and bacteria produce acids that break down tooth minerals and form cavities. Tooth decay is progressive, which means that it only gets worse over time if it’s not treated. The good news is that regular visits to the dentist and a strict dental hygiene routine can help prevent unnecessary tooth decay. Brush and floss twice a day, watch what you eat, and don’t forget about fluoride treatment to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

How We Can Help

The professionals at Tennessee River Dental can help give you guidance on preventing the progression of tooth decay. It starts with the diet. The teeth in your mouth require a well-balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods from each of the five food groups. This minimizes cavity development and can help strengthen the teeth. Vegetables, low-fat yogurts, and cheeses are great for building strong teeth. Avoid sugary and starchy foods such as chips, crackers, candies, and cookies.

Patients might also consider getting sealants, which are thin protective layers placed over the grooves and other hard-to-reach places in the mouth such as the back teeth. Sealants last for years and keep out bacteria and food particles from these difficult areas of the mouth. Our dentist can inspect the sealant at each of your checkups.

Fluoride treatment is important for reinforcing the strength of your teeth. Drinking fluoridated water can help reduce the chance of developing a cavity. Fluoride can also be found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes, and dental flosses. Our dentist can help you find out if your public water source contains fluoridated water. If you do not have access to fluoridated drinking water, we may be able to provide fluoride supplements if necessary.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Preventing tooth decay is important in order to avoid complicated oral issues. Tennessee River Dental is always happy to provide you with even more information on how to fight off this progressive problem. If it’s been six months or longer since your last dental visit, contact us today. You can give us a call at 423-877-3848 or schedule an appointment online.