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Preventing Tooth Decay

According to the World Health Organization, 60-90% of children worldwide, and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. Although these numbers are alarmingly high, your risk of tooth decay is significantly lowered with proper oral care. At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we offer a comprehensive selection of preventive and dental services to help patients of all ages maintain optimal oral health.

Why a cavity develops and the importance of preventive care

Cavities form when dental plaque is not consistently removed from around the teeth and gums. Your risk for tooth decay also increases if your diet is high in sugary sweets, acidic foods, and beverages, or if dry mouth, teeth grinding, receding gums, and deeply grooved dental enamel are present.

As skilled and experienced providers of care, we emphasize the importance of dental prevention as the best way to maintain optimal oral health. We also encourage routine checkups to allow for the early detection and treatment of dental disease. While cavities are almost entirely preventable, it’s essential to treat any developing tooth decay early in its onset. In this way, further damage and more severe consequences to your oral health and overall well-being can be avoided.

Helping our patients maintain healthy smiles

When you visit our office for a checkup, you can rest assured that your smile is in the best of hands. We employ the most advanced dental technology and techniques to carefully evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw for any sign of dental disease or developing problems. In addition to an assessment of your oral health, every exam performed by our dentist is accompanied by a thorough, professional teeth cleaning to remove any harmful accumulations of dental plaque or tartar that you may have missed while brushing or flossing. We’ll also review your home care routine and offer guidance as to how you can clean and care for your teeth more effectively between checkups.

Solutions to protect the health of your smile

Although tooth decay is a widespread oral health concern, with periodic visits to our office, cavities can be prevented. At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we provide personalized, state-of-the-art solutions for all of your dental healthcare needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.

Help Prevent the Dangers of Tooth Decay

It happens to most of us at one time or another: a tooth cavity. These days, cavities are more prevalent than ever, affecting 82 percent of U.S. adults by the time they’re 34. In fact, tooth decay — the condition that causes cavities — is the single most chronic childhood disease in the nation. Realities like these underscore the importance of patient education and regular checkups for preventing tooth decay. At Fort Des Miones Dental, we are experienced and trained in all aspects of oral health, providing treatment as well as information on the best ways for you to maintain healthy teeth and gums at any age.

For best results, the American Dental Association encourages patients to visit their dentist at least twice a year for routine checkups and professional teeth cleanings. Monitoring the teeth, gums, and jaws enables your dentist to not only prevent, but to spot dental conditions in their earliest stages when they are most treatable. The accumulation of plaque is responsible for dental decay that can lead to extensive damage if left untreated. That’s why regular visits to our office are needed over and above your at-home oral care routine. We’ll provide you with professional cleanings to remove any hardened plaque you may have missed and give you the tools you need to brush and floss correctly. For children visiting us for preventive care, we provide fluoride treatments as well as dental sealants, each safe and effective measures for shielding and strengthening teeth against acid erosion.

Committed to your oral health
Oral health is the number one goal at the office of Fort Des Miones Dental. Whether you’re in need of routine preventive care, or require restorations, dental implants, or cosmetic treatments, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information in our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115