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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one of 4 American adults have undiagnosed or untreated cavities. Could this be you?
Tooth decay concerns the dental care team at Dunkling and Penney Dentistry in Burlington, VT. Not only do cavities impact tooth structure by invading enamel and even inner dentin and pulp, they frequently come with other serious issues such as gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
Your Cavity Problem
If you suspect you have one or more untreated cavities, Drs. Paul Dunkling and Greg Penney want to see you for an examination as soon as possible in their Burlington or Jericho office. They cite several symptoms of dental decay:
- tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages (coffee, ice cream, lemonade)
- a change in your normal tooth color, especially in between teeth or at the gum line
- sudden, sharp tooth pain when biting or chewing
- a continuous toothache
- sensitivity to sugary foods such as candy or cake frosting
Treating a Cavity
Drs. Dunkling and Penney take gentle care of their patients' dental problems, including cavity treatment. Depending on the extent of the damage to tooth structure, they offer:
- durable, metal-free white fillings which blend in with the natural color of enamel, as well as amalgam or gold fillings for larger fillings on back teeth
- porcelain crowns to cover remaining healthy tooth structure, strengthening and beautifying misshapen, severely decayed or injured teeth
- comfortable root canal therapy or endodontics to remove infected inner pulp and seal and crown the outer tooth structure
Ultimately, cavity treatment saves teeth. Your Burlington, VT dentists want to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. They understand that the loss of even one tooth adversely impacts neighboring teeth, leading to tooth drifting and gum and jaw bone recession.
Paul Dunkling DDS and Greg Penney DDS also understand that some patients are afraid of dental treatment - even simple fillings. Rest assured that patient comfort is a high priority and all restorative procedures come with the option of local anesthetics and oral sedation for a relaxed, pain-free procedure.
Prevention is Everything
Good at-home dental hygiene and semi-annual exams and professional cleanings at Dunkling and Penney Dentistry foster good oral health. As the American Dental Association recommends, brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes, and floss every day to remove bacteria-filled plaque which leads to dental decay. Also, when Dr. Dunkling or Penney examine your teeth and gums regularly, they inspect for signs of decay, catching and treating problems at their earliest stages.
If you have symptoms of dental decay, or just haven't been to the dentist in a while, call Dunkling and Penny Dentistry for an appointment. These Burlington dentists deliver modern, individualized dental services to keep smiles healthy, comfortable and attractive for years to come. In Burlington, call (802) 863-3479. In Jericho, phone (802) 899-3973.
While it might be hard to swallow, here are some of those holiday favorites that could put a damper on your bright smile.
It’s amazing how fast everything seems to happen once September hits. Before you know it the kids are back in school. Then you’re carving pumpkins and picking out costumes. And in the blink of an eye you are figuring out holiday travel plans and the foods you are going to prepare.
While you may be busy planning the biggest meal of the year, you may want to factor in your oral health when you plan the menu. It might sound silly, but you wouldn’t believe how some of your holiday favorites could stain your teeth. Here are some of the biggest culprits:
- Cranberry Sauce: This is certainly a staple for most people during Thanksgiving, but this festive-colored fruit bowl is just waiting to leave hard-to-remove stains from your teeth. Dark berries are one of the major culprits of a stained and yellowing smile, and cranberry sauce is no exception. If it’s just too hard to pass up the cranberry sauce, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water right away or brush your teeth immediately after you eat.
- Wine: Nothing says holidays quite like passing around the cocktails. While wine might be one of the major purchases on your holiday list, you may want to consider a more smile-friendly alternative. Both white and red wines can cause serious dental stains, and white wine’s acidity has also been known to damage tooth enamel. If you can’t say no to a glass of wine, then we recommend drinking it over a shorter amount of time rather than sipping it, so your teeth aren’t exposed to the damaging beverage too long.
- Fruit pies: The holidays tend to be a smorgasbord of fruit-filled pies. However, just as we mentioned with cranberry sauce, berries and dark fruits can stain teeth. Furthermore, the acidity can damage tooth enamel, which can weaken teeth. If you want to keep that beautiful smile but need something sweet, opt for chocolate or even pumpkin pie, which won’t cause the same stain problems that fruit will.
If you want to have a brighter smile for the holidays, then try to avoid these foods while gathered around the dinner table this holiday season. If you do, your smile will certainly be thankful.
However, if you’re actually looking to get a more radiant smile this holiday season, then you may want to consider teeth whitening in Burlington. We can give you that whiter smile you crave to dazzle at holiday parties or to improve your self-confidence. Call our office today to find out more about our teeth whitening system.