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An effective oral hygiene routine starts with thoroughly brushing your teeth twice each day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. This should also be followed up by flossing between each of your teeth and along the gumline. If bacterial deposits remain, they can react with the plaque on your teeth and significantly increase your chances of suffering from tooth decay and gum disease.

If you happen to notice something abnormal with one of your teeth you shouldn’t wait for your next dental checkup at Scott Thompson, DMD for a diagnosis. It’s best to have our dentist examine the tooth to assess the severity of the problem and develop an effective treatment strategy. In the case of a small cavity Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD might be able to treat the affected area with a dental filling. The treatment process involves numbing the tooth and removing all areas of decayed tooth enamel. Then the dentist will place the filling and cure it so that it will harden and bond to your tooth. Going forward, it would be wise to apply increased focus in your daily routine. It’s also important to remember to have a dental checkup administered twice a year. The simple appointment will effectively clean away bacterial deposits from your teeth and give the dentist the chance to evaluate the overall health of your mouth.

If you live in the Essex Junction, Vermont, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 802-879-7811 to have it examined and treated at our office.