Did you know that cavities are considered the second most common illness, after the common cold? Although cavities are a widespread condition, with routine dental care, you can keep your teeth healthy and strong. At the Pearland dental office of Carlee A. Reiler DDS, we recommend bi-annual checkups and cleanings to help maintain optimal oral health.
Preventive care begins at home, with your daily commitment to brushing, flossing and limiting your intake of sugary foods. These steps help to combat the detrimental effects of plaque, a sticky film that continuously accumulates in the mouth, harboring bacteria that feed on sugar on the food you eat. As the bacteria in plaque metabolize dietary sugars, they produce acids that erode the outer enamel of your teeth. As part of every checkup visit, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and their supporting structures, taking diagnostic films as needed, to detect if any cavities are present. Early detection and intervention allow for the most effective, straightforward course of treatment. To treat a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed matter from the tooth, clean the area, then seal the tooth with a dental filling. Restorative materials, such as tooth-colored and composite resin fillings, repair the appearance and function of the tooth and blend seamlessly with your natural tooth structure. Although cavities can occur at any age, children are especially susceptible. To help reduce the risk of cavities in children, your Pearland dental office offers dental sealants and fluoride treatments. As part of a comprehensive program of preventive care, your dentist will also perform a thorough teeth cleaning as well as provide engaging and informative guidance on the best methods of brushing and flossing at home.
At the Pearland dental office of Carlee A. Reiler DDS, we use state-of-the-art techniques to detect, prevent, and treat cavities. For more information on our many services and to schedule an appointment, give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you.