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What exactly is tooth decay? Tooth decay occurs when a type of bacteria called plaque produces acid which builds up on your teeth and burrows into your enamel, creating such dental issues as cavities, gum disease or abscesses.

Tooth decay happens every day, but it’s only noticeable symptom is that white, filmy substance on your teeth; that’s plaque. If decay has progressed to the point of a cavity, symptoms may include a toothache, tooth sensitivity, grey, brown or black spots on the teeth, bad breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

You can prevent tooth decay from getting out of hand by practicing consistent and thorough oral hygiene every day. Brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and floss once a day. Supplementary tools such as chewing sugarless gum after meals or rinsing with mouthwash can also wash away bad bacteria from your mouth and prevent plaque buildup. It also helps to avoid smoking, alcohol, and cut down on sugary and starchy foods and beverages.

Paul Vartabedian, DDS in Lakeport, California is here to help you win the war against tooth decay. Regular dental cleanings will help remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, and oral exams will catch cavities early. We can also offer you a fluoride treatment during each checkup to fortify your tooth enamel. If your decay has progressed, Dr. Paul Vartabedian can give you a dental filling, crown, root canal, or other treatments depending on severity. Just call us at 707-263-1496 to set up an appointment. Come see us soon!