Tooth Decay

tooth decay diagramWhat is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is the process that can potentially lead to you getting a cavity. If not properly treated, bacteria in your mouth can acidify and eat away at a tooth, causing you pain, discomfort, and can eventually lead to tooth loss.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is the result of plaque that forms on your teeth and gums that contains bacteria. Over time, this bacteria can interact with the sugars in the food you eat to make acid. This acid attacks your tooth enamel and can cause tooth erosion.

Treatments with Michael E. Thum Dentistry

A good way to combat tooth erosion is to avoid overly sugary foods, brush and floss regularly, and visit your dental team at Michael E. Thum Dentistry for routine teeth cleaning and check-ups.

Yellow Teeth

yellow teeth and teeth whiteningWhat are Yellow Teeth?

Teeth are naturally bright and white, but they can easily be discolored due to diet, habits, and poor dental hygiene. Over time, a natural discoloration will occur causing yellow teeth and dulling your once bright smile.

What Causes Yellow Teeth?

Teeth can become yellow or discolored due to staining of the teeth from foods and drinks like coffee, sodas, and certain fruits and vegetables. Another leading cause is smoking, as well as overall poor dental hygiene. But perhaps the main cause is advancing age, discoloration over a long period of time as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by everyday use.

Treatments with Michael E. Thum Dentistry

In addition to lifestyle changes that can help halt yellowing of teeth, visiting your dentist routinely (twice a year) is a common treatment. Whitening procedures are available at Michael E. Thum Dentistry as well. Whitening can brighten your smile and has been shown to increase your confidence. If routine checkups and whitening procedures aren’t fully correcting yellowing teeth, bonding or veneers can be a further option.