Tooth Decay Prevention

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems. Fortunately, they can easily be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular professional care. During your visits to our office, Dr. Tanya Vlacancich will examine your mouth for any signs of tooth decay and provide instructions on ways to improve your oral hygiene routine so that you can avoid cavities and keep your smile healthy. To learn more about tooth decay prevention in College Point and Whitestone, New York, and set up an appointment with our dentist, call us today at 718-747-0020.

Tooth decay, also known as cavities or dental caries, is one of the most common dental problems worldwide. Tooth decay develops when plaque and bacteria remain on the teeth for long periods of time. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause severe pain, infection and abscesses, and may lead to tooth loss.

Cavities are typically the result of poor oral hygiene or a sugary diet. When you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly or effectively, the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars and carbohydrates that cling to your teeth, developing into plaque and eventually into calculus (tartar). When not removed, plaque causes decay, periodontal disease and other oral health problems. You may also experience sensitivity to temperature (such as hot or cold foods and drinks), pain and discomfort as a result of tooth decay.

You can prevent tooth decay by:

  • Brushing and flossing daily. We recommend that you use a fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Keep your regular dental appointments. These routine preventive care treatments are essential for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
  • Ask our dentist about dental sealants and fluoride treatments. These may help protect and strengthen your teeth.
  • Minimize your intake of sugary and starchy foods. This will help reduce the quantity of harmful bacteria and acids in your mouth.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthrinse.
  • Chew gum containing xylitol. Xylitol has been proven to reduce bacterial growth, strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.

There are a variety of treatments available to repair the damage caused by tooth decay and restore your smile, including dental fillings, dental crowns and root canal therapy. Our dentist will evaluate your smile to determine the treatment that will be most beneficial for you.

We invite you to contact our office if you notice any signs of tooth decay and schedule an appointment with our dentist.

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  • I had scheduled an appointment with Dr. Vlacancich while my usual dentist was on vacation, and the office made time to see me very quickly. I was able to fill out my paperwork online, making the process extremely easy when I arrived at the office. Dr. Vlacancich and her staff were extremely welcoming and friendly and talked me through every step, even fitting me in for a cleaning after my issue was resolved. I can't say enough good things. There was not a single bit of pain, and I will definitely be returning for my next cleaning as well as recommending Dr. Vlacancich to my friends and family.

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  • Our family (all 5 of us) have been coming here for over 12 years and we have been treated like family. Dr. Tanya always makes time to speak with each and every one of us. She takes in to account our comfort and any concerns we have regarding our care. Her office is clean and modern. She makes coming to the dentist a non-event and we always look forward to having our check up and cleaning every time. Her staff is friendly and always makes us feel welcomed. We would recommend her highly to anyone looking for a dentist in the area.

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  • Dr. Tanya Vlacancich is a gentle, kind, and knowledgeable dentist. My family and I have been going to her for many years & we are very happy!

    - Donna S.

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