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Tooth decay happens when a sticky white film called plaque forms on your teeth and produces acid which burrows into your tooth enamel, creating problematic dental issues like cavities, gum disease or abscesses.

To some degree, tooth decay occurs a little bit every day, but we can hardly detect it. If decay has evolved to the point of a cavity, signs may consist of a toothache, tooth sensitivity, grey, brown or black spots on the teeth, chronic bad breath, and a disagreeable taste in your mouth.

You can avoid significant tooth decay with a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Chewing sugarless gum after meals or rinsing with mouthwash can wash away plaque-causing bacteria and acid from your teeth. We also recommend that you avoid smoking, alcohol, and cut down on sugary and starchy foods and beverages.

Powell Boulevard Dental in Portland, Oregon is here to support you. Come visit us for a dental cleaning every six months and we’ll remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar from your teeth. If you have developed any cavities or other dental issues, our oral exams will catch them early. We can also give you a fluoride treatment during each checkup to fortify your tooth enamel.

If your decay has become more advanced, Dr. Denise M. Walthour can treat your teeth to a dental filling, crown, root canal, or other treatments as needed. You can call us at 503-235-7181 to schedule an appointment. Come see us soon!