Dental caries is another way to say cavities or tooth decay. This decay occurs when acid and demineralization breaks down the enamel of a tooth. This problem is not always caused by poor hygiene. As a matter of fact, there are some individuals who follow their dentist's instructions strictly and still have dental caries. In some cases the problem is caused by poor food choices. Foods that are high in sugar or are very acidic, can lead to dental caries. Improper pH levels in the saliva or an inadequate amount of saliva (dry mouth), due to certain medications, can also lead to tooth decay. There are always bacteria in the mouth but if it becomes excessive, it can have damaging effects on not only your oral health, but also your overall health.
It is important to treat dental caries as early as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth structure. But more important, is to find and treat the cause of the decay. Dr. Cruz in Laguna Niguel is able to assess your condition using CAMBRA. This acronym stands for Caries Management by Risk Assessment. Dr. Cruz will evaluate your mouth by doing a series of tests including testing the pH levels and acidity of your saliva. He will also discuss your current medications to see if they could be causing problems in your mouth.
Dr. Cruz wants you to keep your teeth for a lifetime. The best way to do this is through prevention. A CAMBRA evaluation could help identify potential risks and allow for treatment before more problems arise. Completing a risk assessment will allow you to take steps to stop tooth decay or drastically reduce your risk of dental caries.
If you have been experiencing recurrent dental caries, despite following all of the proper hygiene techniques, it may be time for your CAMBRA evaluation. Call Dr. Cruz in Laguna Niguel to schedule your CAMBRA evaluation today.
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