Dental problems generally start small. Even with the best hygiene practices, people still develop tooth and gum issues.

Regular brushing of the teeth and flossing help keep issues to a minimum, but it is always helpful know how issues in the mouth begin and where they may lead. Here are a few questions and answers from your caring practitioners at Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants.

  • What is tooth decay? Tooth decay is a disease that damages and breaks down teeth. You may have no signs of tooth decay, or you might have pain. Regular checkups keep decay from spreading. When the decay forms a cavity, you’ll need a filling.
  • Is tooth decay contagious? Not in the traditional sense. You won’t spread it through a cough or sneeze. Yet the bacteria that cause tooth decay can be passed from your mouth to another by kissing, sharing dining utensils, or anything else that carries a drop of saliva. Never, ever share toothbrushes.
  • How do we avoid getting cavities? Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss after meals and at night. Go easy on sugary snacks and drinks. Visit your practitioners at Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants for checkups and treatment.