Questions About Tooth Health & Answers from Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants

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.

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