Tooth decay is the most common dental health concern that affects nearly all patients at some point in their life. Caused primarily by poor oral hygiene, tooth decay may be preventable through better oral hygiene habits. Dr. Nadder Hassan and our entire dental care team encourage patients of all ages to ask questions, visit the dentist regularly and to stay proactive with their dental hygiene.
Routine dental health care is essential for maintaining the health and beauty of your natural smile. Tooth decay can be prevented, or conservatively treated when patients visit the dentist every six months. Regular oral health exams allow Dr. Hassan to diagnose tooth decay in the earliest stages before it impacts the integrity of the tooth’s structure resulting in the need for a root canal or tooth extraction. Dr. Hassan provides personalized and comprehensive dentistry focused on disease prevention and patient education. We help our patients maintain their beautiful smiles so they can enjoy their optimal oral health.
Progression of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is progressive. What may start off as a small area of damaged tissue can lead to more complex dental health concerns and the need for advanced restorative dentistry. Early diagnosis of tooth decay allows for conservative treatments such as a tooth filling that Dr. Hassan can seamlessly blend into the natural tooth. Dr. Hassan will always attempt to preserve as much of the natural smile as possible to support the stability of the bite and jaw.
Left untreated tooth decay can lead to a root canal infection and even the need for a tooth extraction. Patients with high rates of tooth decay are more prone to gum recession, gum disease, and tooth loss. Brushing and flossing well are key aspects of preventing tooth decay between professional teeth cleanings.
Tooth Decay & Children
The rate of childhood tooth decay is alarming. With nearly 50% of 1st graders having already experienced some level of tooth decay, early life visits to the dentist are essential for a lifetime of healthy smiles. We recommend that parents bring their children to Manassas Smiles as soon as their first teeth begin to emerge. Where a pediatric dentist is solely focused on children, our office is family oriented offering dentistry for children as well as adults. Dr. Hassan and our entire dental care team are great with children and can help make their experience both fun and comfortable.
Visiting the dentist from an early age allows Dr. Hassan to track your child’s oral development, including screening for malocclusion and other bite related concerns that can impact dental health. Bringing your child to the dentist every six months makes it possible for Dr. Hassan to detect any emerging issues for early intervention. Your child’s oral health will impact their entire well-being. Healthy, clean teeth can prevent future complex health issues and increase your child’s self-confidence.
Protect Your Family’s Oral Health
Schedule a dental cleaning for you and everyone in your family with our Manassas, VA dental hygiene team to help prevent cavities and a tooth filling. We focus our family dental services on patient education. We help inform you, and your children about proper oral hygiene techniques, and encourage open communication. We invite patients to contact our Centreville, VA area dentist office at (703) 335-1020 or request an appointment online.