Although it tends to be more common in childhood, tooth decay can affect anyone, at any age. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), adults over the age of 50 are also at higher risk for tooth decay. This is due to changes in oral health that tend to be consistent with aging, such as gum (periodontal) disease, enamel erosion and gum recession. Dental fillings remain the most effective tool for restoring the function and cosmetic appearance of decayed teeth. Dr. John M. Murphy and Dr. Patrick J. Murphy at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC in Milton, MA offer a range of dental filling options for the entire family.
Family Dentistry in Milton, MA
As with gum disease, the best way to prevent tooth decay is to practice good oral hygiene at home, and to schedule regular visits to the dentist (approximately every six months) for an oral exam and professional dental cleaning. Brushing at least twice a day, and flossing every day are the most effective ways to clear the teeth and gums of the residual sugar and bacteria that lead to tooth decay.
But even with the best oral hygiene care and prevention, if you have teeth, you are susceptible to developing a cavity. Dental fillings preserve and strengthen the remaining healthy portion of a decayed tooth, preventing further damage and even saving severely decayed teeth from potential extraction. Fillings are the cavity treatment of choice for both children and adults and are available in a variety of materials and colors, including enamel (tooth) colored fillings. The dental filling options available include:
- Composite (combination of glass and resin)
- Glass ionomer
Family Dentist in Milton, MA
Strong and healthy teeth and gums are the keys to a beautiful smile. For more information on tooth decay prevention and treatment for the entire family, contact Dr. John M. Murphy and Dr. Patrick J. Murphy at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC by calling (617) 696-3900 to request an appointment today.