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Failing to brush your teeth twice a day or frequently forgetting to floss can leave excess bacterial deposits in your mouth. Over time they can start to demineralize your tooth enamel which could lead to a gradually worsening case of tooth decay.

Early signs that this has started to happen often include heightened sensitivity, a change in texture or general discomfort in the compromised tooth. Some cavities can also cause a gradual change in the color or surface texture of the tooth’s enamel layer.

If you have noticed a problem with one of your teeth, it’s best to have it examined by a dentist as soon as possible. In a case where the tooth decay is limited to the tooth’s enamel layer Dr. Aaron Horsley-Teny might be able to treat the problem by installing a dental filling.

The treatment process calls for him to carefully remove the area of demineralized tooth enamel while also preparing the surrounding surface. Then the appropriate dental filling material will be applied and hardened by a special type of ultraviolet light.

In the future increased focus in your oral hygiene routine will help reduce your chances of suffering further problems with tooth decay. It’s important to brush your teeth every morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing between each of your teeth and along the gumline will also help reduce your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease.

If you live in the Farmersville, Texas, area and you have noticed a change with one of your teeth, you should call 469-812-7100 to have it examined and treated at Harvest Dental.