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Tooth Decay & Cavities

If you’re in Wagga & think you may have tooth decay or cavities, come in and see us ASAP.

Tooth decay is the softening of the tooth enamel, causing a cavity. Tooth decay is caused by plaque, a sticky layer of bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria feed off the sugar in your mouth, turning into acid, which gradually decays your teeth

How to avoid tooth decay

For the majority of individuals, avoiding tooth decay comes down to practising good oral hygiene, which involves:

  • avoiding sweet or sugary foods, or only having them occasionally – and always brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth with water afterwards
  • brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing at least once a day
  • having regular dental checkups, along with scale and cleans every 6 to 12 months (subject to your dentist’s advice)

The importance of a professional scale and clean

Although we can minimise the chances of tooth decay and cavities by avoiding sugary foods, brushing and flossing often, we still need professional scale and cleans to remove plaque and calculus.

Regular brushing and flossing help to eliminate plaque, but you cannot remove all of it without a professional clean. When plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens and becomes calculus, which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing and must be professionally removed.

Book a Professional Scale & Clean Today

Marketplace Dental is registered with all health funds and is a preferred provider with nib, BUPA, HCF and Medibank Private.

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