Tooth Decay Risk Assessment: Keeping Your Family’s Smiles Safe from Cavities

January 20, 2015

454389001Though dental decay is 100 percent preventable, it is still the most prevalent disease affecting children in the United States today. In fact, dental disease results in approximately 51 million hours of lost school work every year in children 18 and under. American adults lose an estimated 164 million hours of work each year due to the same problem. At the office of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel in Clinton Township, MI, our team works with families from throughout our community to ensure healthy smiles at every stage of life. We accomplish this by offering an all-encompassing range of risk assessments and screening procedures, including those specifically designed to identify risk factors for dental cavities.

Understanding Your Tooth Decay Risk

There are a number of reasons that children and adults develop dental caries, more commonly known as cavities. The most common risk factors include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent snacking
  • Drinking beverages other than water between meals
  • Eating or drinking right before bed (after brushing teeth)
  • Improper brushing techniques
  • Insufficient fluoride intake
  • Too much sugar, starch, or carbonated beverages in daily diet
  • Tooth crowding
  • Eating disorders
  • Poor oral hygiene (specifically failure to floss regularly or properly)

Tooth decay isn’t always easily detected in its earliest stages. In fact, incipient interproximal caries (early decay that occurs between teeth) are incredibly difficult to see without the proper technology and an experienced dental professional’s expertise. That is why our office incorporates state-of-the-art dental tools, equipment, and technology, giving you the greatest advantage in the fight against dental cavities.

Protect Your Smile: Schedule Your Visit Today

With the most advanced technology in the industry combined with a caring and gentle approach, Dr. Salzberg-Siegel helps the families of Clinton Township, MI and the surrounding communities keep their smiles free of cavities and looking their best. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with our team, and learn how to assess your own risk of dental caries with the free screening application at SelfScreen.net. We genuinely look forward to helping you keep your smile safe from decay and disease, always utilizing the latest in state-of-the-art methods, equipment, and treatments. Our family-friendly, patient-centric office proudly serves patients from throughout Clinton Township, Shelby, Saint Clair Shores, Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights, Fraser, and beyond.

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