If you are doing everything you are supposed to, just how important is it for you to visit your Epping Dentist at Rawson Dental for regular check-ups?
Despite all your best efforts in caring for your teeth – brushing two or three times a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, drinking fluoridated tap water and eating a healthy low-sugar diet – it is still possible to develop some tooth decay.
If this happens to you, and if you’ve maintained a schedule of regular dental visits, your caring and efficient Epping Dentist will probably be the person who discovers it– and discovers it early – so that minimal intervention is required.
If you have been vigilant in caring for your oral health, this could be shocking news, especially if the situation gets to the stage where the decay has damaged the tooth enamel and can’t just be painted with sealant.
In that case, your Epping Dentist at Rawson Dental will remove the decay, clean the cavity thoroughly and fill your tooth with the appropriate filling for the sake of the integrity of the tooth’s structure.
Unfortunately, that might not be the end of the matter – despite your continued best efforts at brushing and flossing etc.
Teeth are subject to a lot of use every day. Over time that daily wear and tear, or perhaps injury, can cause a filling to degrade by wearing down, or chipping or cracking. If that happens, either the filling itself or the space between the filling and the tooth, might be breached and allow bacteria and food particles in.
This of course will allow further decay to occur, which is called recurrent caries [secondary caries].
If you do have recurrent caries, comfort yourself with the knowledge that you’ve been doing the best possible for your oral health – and thank yourself that you’ve continued with your regular check-ups with your Epping Dentist at Rawson Dental!
Your dentist will then be in a position to monitor the situation and do what is best for dealing with it for you.