Tooth decay, known formally as dental caries, is a serious health problem affecting children, teens, older adults and even infants with teeth. If you notice any tiny holes or dark spots on your teeth surfaces, schedule a call with our Campus Dental team to prevent further damage to your enamel (hard outer layer of your teeth).
Over the last several decades, there have been vast advances in dentistry to ensure tooth decay is prevented. This work has involved the three-pronged strategy of discovery, innovation, and prevention – and produced one of the major public health success stories of the 20th century.
Tooth decay was considered an irreversible disease process — once a cavity started, the only remedy was to drill out the decay and fill the tooth with a restorative material.
Tooth decay is no longer the national epidemic it was a few generations ago. Millions of American children now have little or no decay, and total tooth loss or edentulism is now much less common. Without research progress in the fight against dental caries and periodontal diseases, there would be an additional 18.6 million Americans age 45 and older with none of their natural teeth.
Prevention is now the mantra in American dentistry. In addition to improved products to fight tooth decay, more people benefit from preventive dentistry, including fluorides and dental sealants to prevent decay. Compared to previous years, these techniques have made it possible for millions of people to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. It is estimated that from 1979 through 1989 alone, the American public saved more than $39 billion in dental expenditures due to the power of prevention. Since the 1950s, the total federal investment in NIH-funded oral health research has saved the American public at least $3 for every $1 invested.
Without treatment, dental cavities can lead to severe toothache, infection or even tooth loss. Routine dental visits and proper brushing and flossing habits can prevent you from developing tooth decay.
Visit any Campus Dentist Clinic near you today! Our team will examine your teeth and gums for any signs of cavities and make recommendations based on your individual needs.