Tooth decay is a common problem, not just in children but in adults, too. With daily brushing and flossing, and regular checkups at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla, most tooth decay can be prevented.
Blame it on Bacteria
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and merge with plaque and acids to weaken the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as...Read More
Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the critical job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold foods. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.
Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. Overall, the body’s ability to heal itself is truly amazing, but tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone,...Read More
Dental patients in the Rancho Santa Fe area may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. The answer isn’t pretty frightening, but true. A common result of untreated tooth decay in La Jolla are cavities and then abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience...Read More