Wynnewood Dentist Explains How to Avoid Cavities

woman smiling brightly1If you’re among the 90% or more of adults who’ve had at least one cavity, than you probably know how important treating tooth decay early is. As a progressive disease, tooth decay continues to eat away your tooth as time goes by. While early detection is the best treatment, preventing tooth decay offers your best chance of saving your tooth. To help you protect your smile, Wynnewood dentist, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis, explains the most common risk factors for tooth decay and how you can avoid them.
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Cavity Prevention and Treatment in Wynnewood, PA

Last week, we discussed the dangers of allowing a cavity to go untreated. The resulting damage can include a severely decayed tooth, a dental abscess, or the loss of a tooth and the potential spread of infection to other teeth. A shocking one in five Americans suffers cavities that have yet to be addressed; however, neglecting treatment can lead to extensive, sometimes irreparable destruction. To help you avoid the unnecessary progression of tooth decay, your Wynnewood dentist Dr. Thomas DeFinnis explains the measures you can take to help prevent or treat tooth decay before it can destroy your oral health.

Preventing Tooth Decay

The most common way to prevent the onset of tooth decay is to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. The metabolic reactions of oral bacteria introduce the acid responsible for tooth decay, as well as the consumption of naturally acidic foods and beverages. Attacking the bacteria responsible for acid production has been the focus of much oral health research. At the present time, however, the most effective prevention method is to limit the amount of acid produced and introduced to your teeth. Read More

Untreated Cavities a Ticking Time Bomb?

Did you know that a recent survey by the US Centers for Disease Control reported that one and five Americans have untreated cavities? This means that 20 percent of your friends could have tooth decay that is currently rotting away their teeth. Are you the one in five with untreated dental caries? Our Wynnewood dentist, Dr. DeFinnis, will explain why untreated cavities could spell disaster for your dental health and how a quick restorative dentistry procedure could steer you back on track.

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The Danger of Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Mercury Metal in HandMercury amalgam, or metal, fillings used to be the dentistry standard. This is no longer the case because of the numerous harmful effects of these fillings. The impact of mercury on systemic and oral health is simply too great to justify metal fillings.

Cavities that form in your teeth require removal and we must fill the space left behind with a dental material that conforms to your tooth’s structure. In the past, dentists typically used metal fillings, made from a mixture of mercury, silver, copper, tin, and a few other materials. About 40% to 50% of this mixture is mercury, which scientists link to night blindness, breathing problems, neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, birth defects, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia, among many other serious health conditions.Read More