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Spelling Out Decay

Macro shot of a decayed teeth till root after extraction of dentist.

D-Decay in your teeth happens when your tooth enamel is destroyed. Decay can occur in anyone. Tooth decay occurs when you eat or drink sugary foods or drinks. Plaque will keep the acids produced in constant contact with your teeth and over time the enamel on your teeth will break down and cause cavities.

E-Eating healthy foods can help prevent tooth decay. Nutritious and healthy diets are important. Limit your snacking. Choose water when drinking. Choose dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt. Eat meat, poultry, fish and eggs for their phosphorus content, which will strengthen your teeth. Fruits and vegetables are necessary for clean and healthy teeth. Eat nuts to prevent decay as well.

C-Care for your teeth through routine habits that combat tooth decay. Brush your teeth at least two times per day. Floss daily. Schedule your regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Jacob Allen to maintain proper dental health.

A-Avoid foods and drinks that are filled with sugar. Acidic foods can erode your enamel and make your teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay over time. Avoid foods that are sticky because they can stay on your teeth longer than other types of foods.

Y-You can avoid tooth decay. However, if you do experience something called Periodontal Disease caused by tooth decay, there is treatment for you. At Lufkin Family Dental, Dr. Jacob Allen offers Periodontal Therapy for his patients. If you are in the later stages of periodontal disease, we offer scaling and root planing as an effective form of treatment. Book your appointment with Lufkin Family Dental today.