If you feel pain or discomfort in your tooth, it’s important that
you visit West County Dental in St. Louis as soon as possible. Dr. Spalitto
will examine your teeth, and if he finds tooth decay, he will recommend
fillings or even a root canal. If you forgo treatment, your teeth may
become so damaged that they require extraction. To avoid unwanted dental
issues, you must practice consistent prevention methods.
Though important, daily brushing and flossing are only part of good oral
hygiene. Your oral health has a lot to do with what you eat, drink, and
chew. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and create plaque, which
attacks tooth enamel. By restricting your consumption of sugary foods
and beverages—including candy and soft drinks—you can reduce
the formation of plaque. Even if you have a healthy diet, you must still
clean your teeth each day to keep them free of decay. Dr. Spalitto also
recommends avoiding the habitual chewing of ice, pen caps, and other objects
that can crack teeth or wear down enamel.