Defeating Dental Decay: A Smile-Saving Guide

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At My Dentist Mackay, we are here to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Dental decay
or cavities as it is commonly known, is a common oral health issue that affects people of all ages. Let’s
explore the causes, prevention, and treatment options for dental decay, empowering you to take
control of your oral health and keep your smile at its best!

What is decay?

Dental decay, also known as tooth decay or cavities, occurs when the hard outer layer of your teeth,
called enamel, is damaged by acid-producing bacteria. These bacteria thrive on the sugars and
carbohydrates we consume, producing acids that erode the enamel and create cavities. It’s essential
to understand the causes and risk factors associated with dental decay to effectively prevent it.

Prevention is key…

Preventing dental decay starts with maintaining good oral hygiene practices. Regular brushing and
flossing, along with using fluoride toothpaste, help remove plaque and strengthen tooth enamel.
Without flossing, you are only cleaning about 60% of the surface of your teeth, dentists have a
saying ‘You only have to floss the teeth you want to keep’. Also, a balanced diet low in sugary and
acidic foods can significantly reduce the risk of decay.

The Power of Regular Dental Check-ups

Regular dental check-ups are crucial in detecting and preventing dental decay. Our skilled dental
professionals conduct thorough examinations (checkups), including X-rays, to identify any signs of
decay at an early stage. Early detection allows for less invasive treatments, such as dental fillings, to
restore the affected teeth and prevent further damage. The longer decay is left, the more
complicated and costly it is to fix.

Treatments for Dental Decay

In cases where dental decay has progressed, our clinic offers a range of innovative treatments to
restore your smile’s health and beauty. From tooth-colored fillings that blend seamlessly with your
natural teeth to advanced dental restorations like dental crowns and veneers, we can provide
personalized solutions that suit your needs.

Educating Children about Dental Decay

Preventing dental decay in children is especially important. By instilling good oral habits from a
young age, we can set them up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Dental decay may be a common problem, but armed with knowledge and the right preventive
measures, you can keep your smile cavity-free. Remember, our dental clinic is here to support you
every step of the way. If you have a cavity, or you are overdue for your dental checkup, we are here
to help, call us today to get on your way to better dental health and a more beautiful smile.

Book an appointment or contact us for more info.

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