Beautiful smiles are our business
Are you frustrated because you brush and floss regularly and still have cavities? Dental caries (cavities) can be one of the most frustrating oral diseases for patients. For some patients brushing and flossing is not quite enough to keep the disease at bay. Byron C. Scott, DMD in Mobile, Alabama can help get your dental decay under control. Additionally, if you do require fillings, Dr. Byron can place beautifully matched tooth colored fillings. No need to have a mouth full of metal fillings; composite fillings are unnoticeable and will not get in the way of your smile.
Dental decay explained
Patients do not always get cavities for the reasons they may think. An oversimplified explanation is that we eat too much sugar and don’t brush and floss enough. However there are many things that lead to your risk for decay. The primary culprits are:
Lack of saliva
Saliva is one of the primary ways our teeth are protected from decay. When we don’t have enough saliva, our teeth are more vulnerable. Things that affect saliva flow include medication use, oral appliances and systemic disease.
The genetic component is still being researched; however there is growing evidence of a strong genetic component to the disease.
Diet plays a large role in your risk for decay. Snacking often and eating sugary, starchy, or acidic foods can increase your risk.
When your mouth spends too much time below the pH of 5.5, cavity-causing bacteria thrive. It is important to pay attention to the pH of mouth rinses, toothpastes and foods and drinks.
Too much or the wrong kind of bacteria
The thin layer of bacteria on your teeth is a complex network, made up of both good and bad bacteria. When you have too much of the wrong bacteria or an overload of all bacteria it can put you are risk.
After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Scott will determine the reasons for your decay issues and will advise you of the best options to reduce or eliminate the risk factors and causes of your dental decay. A preventative and corrective plan will be designed just for you so that the dentistry that you have done can be maintained in a stable and healthy state for years to come.
Expert tooth colored fillings
If you have tooth decay and need a cavity filled, Dr. Byron Scott can place a beautiful tooth colored filling. He will prep your tooth and numb the area so you are completely comfortable. He will then remove the decayed area and fill the space with a composite material that matches your natural teeth. Your comfort is of utmost importance so if you are worried about the procedure we offer sedation options that will ensure you are relaxed though the entire appointment.
We can’t wait to help you get the healthy, cavity-free smile you deserve! Give us a call at (251) 343-1521 to schedule an appointment today. Our office is conveniently located on Springhill Ave. in Mobile, and just a quick drive from Fairhope!