Did you know that your mouth can contain more microorganisms than there are people in Hendricks County and even the entire world? That’s a lot of bacteria! And it’s this bacteria that create acids that can eat away at your teeth, causing tooth decay.
When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, like breads, cereals, soda, cakes and candy, the bacteria in your mouth feeds on these sugars and starches and turns them into acids. The bacteria, food particles and saliva combine to form plaque, which is a clear, sticky substance that clings to your teeth. Over time, the acids in plaque can dissolve the enamel surface of your teeth, leading to tooth decay or cavities.
However, there are some things you can do to prevent tooth decay from occurring.
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
- Floss your teeth at least once daily.
- Eat a healthy diet that’s good for your teeth. Avoid foods that are high in sugars, starches and refined carbohydrates, like sweets and snacks. Limit your consumption of carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices.
- See Dr. Jon Erickson at Danville Family Dentistry, located in Hendricks County, for regular cleanings and checkups.
If you don’t have dental insurance, don’t let that keep you from visiting our office. At Danville Family Dentistry, we care about your teeth. That’s why we offer our Smile Savings Plan. For $275 annually, you can receive a set amount of dental services for one year:
- 2 professional dental cleanings.
- 2 professional oral evaluations.
- Regularly scheduled dental X-rays.
Kids (ages 16 and under) using the Smile Savings Plan will also receive 2 fluoride treatments a year. Additionally, if you need more extensive dental treatment, you’ll receive 15% off other dental procedures, provided by our Hendricks County staff. Just call our office at 317-745-4400 for more information on our Smile Savings Plan.
Keep your smile healthy by taking the above steps to prevent tooth decay. And remember to schedule your dental checkup at Danville Family Dentistry to identify tooth decay before it gets worse.