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Poor oral hygiene practices can lead to latent bacterial deposits and persistent plaque acids in your mouth. Over time this can start to demineralize your tooth enamel which promotes tooth decay.

Early signs of a problem with a tooth could include heightened sensitivity, a change in texture or general discomfort in the affected tooth. Some areas of tooth decay can also cause a gradual change of color or surface texture in the tooth enamel.

If you have noticed a problem with one of your teeth, it’s best to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Amanda Rhoades. In a case where the tooth decay is minimal and limited to the tooth’s enamel layer he might be able to treat the problem by installing a dental filling.

The treatment process involves removing the area of demineralized tooth enamel and preparing the surface. Then the appropriate dental filling material will be applied and hardened by a special type of ultraviolet light.

Going forward added focus in your daily routine will help reduce your chances of suffering a new cavity on one of your teeth. Make sure to brush your teeth every morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing between each of your teeth and along the gumline will also help reduce your chances of suffering from tooth decay and gum disease.

If you live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area and you have been experiencing symptoms of tooth decay, you should call 513-231-7474 to have it examined and treated by Dr. Amanda Rhoades.