What is Tooth Decay?

Plaque is an insidious substance—a colorless, sticky film—that blankets your teeth and creates an environment in which bacteria erode tooth enamel, cause gum irritation, infection in inner structures such as pulp and the roots, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

Some of the biggest culprits causing plaque are foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates, including soda beverages, some juices, candy and many kinds of pasta, breads and cereals.

Plaque also can attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road.

Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay.  It can also cause your gums to become irritated, inflamed, and bleed. Over time, the plaque underneath your gums may cause periodontal disease, which can lead to bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

Inside your teeth, decay can gradually destroy the inner layer, or dentin.  It can also destroy the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and other tissues, as well as the root. 

Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease. This serious condition occurs when the structures that support your teeth—the gums and bone—break down from the infection.  Pain, hypersensitivity and bleeding are some of the signs of periodontal disease.

Simple Preventative Measures

The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Most public drinking water contains fluoride, but if you are unsure of your water supply, then use a good quality mouth rinse containing fluoride.

A good way to help your oral health between brushing is chewing sugarless gum; this stimulates your body's production of saliva, a powerful chemical that actually neutralizes plaque formation and rinses decay-causing food particles and debris from your mouth.

In some cases, our office can prescribe anti-cavity rinses or apply special anti-cavity varnishes or sealants to help fight decay.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

    Dr. Huffman is one of the Best Dentist’s in Salisbury! I have been going to him for many years! He always does such a great job on my teeth! I had an appointment today , since I thought I may have had a filling come out. But after inspecting all the teeth. He came to the conclusion, that Everything was all Right. Nothing needed to be done.
    I was so glad when I heard the great news , that he didn’t see anything wrong with my teeth 😂. Because I was so worried that there was. I guess I’m just a little to OCD and think there is something wrong 🤣....But he just said, Stop Worrying and it’s nothing! 😉
    Yay For no cavities!! No Shots !! Haha😁

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    Dr. Huffman is one of the Best Dentist’s in Salisbury! I have been going to him for many years! He always does such a great job on my teeth! I had an appointment today , since I thought I may have had a filling come out. But after inspecting all the teeth. He came to the conclusion, that Everything was all Right. Nothing needed to be done.
    I was so glad when I heard the great news , that he didn’t see anything wrong with my teeth 😂. Because I was so worried that there was. I guess I’m just a little to OCD and think there is something wrong 🤣....But he just said, Stop Worrying and it’s nothing! 😉
    Yay For no cavities!! No Shots !! Haha😁

    Stacy L.

    Very nice and they do a good job and they don't rob your pocket with their prices!

    Susan L.

    One of the best people that I meet and one of the best Doctors.

    Muho B.