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What is Tooth Decay?

Plaque is an insidious substance—a colorless, sticky film—that blankets your teeth and creates an environment in which bacteria erode tooth enamel, cause gum irritation, infection in inner structures such as pulp and the roots, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

Some of the biggest culprits causing plaque are foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates, including soda beverages, some juices, candy and many kinds of pasta, breads and cereals.

Plaque also can attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road.

Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay.  It can also cause your gums to become irritated, inflamed, and bleed. Over time, the plaque underneath your gums may cause periodontal disease, which can lead to bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

Inside your teeth, decay can gradually destroy the inner layer, or dentin.  It can also destroy the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and other tissues, as well as the root. 

Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease. This serious condition occurs when the structures that support your teeth—the gums and bone—break down from the infection.  Pain, hypersensitivity and bleeding are some of the signs of periodontal disease.

Simple Preventative Measures

The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Most public drinking water contains fluoride, but if you are unsure of your water supply, then use a good quality mouth rinse containing fluoride.

A good way to help your oral health between brushing is chewing sugarless gum; this stimulates your body's production of saliva, a powerful chemical that actually neutralizes plaque formation and rinses decay-causing food particles and debris from your mouth.

In some cases, our office can prescribe anti-cavity rinses or apply special anti-cavity varnishes or sealants to help fight decay.

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16824 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI 48154, USA

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Himm Family Dentistry

Monday:

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday:

1:00 PM-7:00 PM

Wednesday:

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Thursday:

4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Friday:

7:00 AM-1:00 PM

Saturday:

Appointment Only

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "I absolutely love everyone at Dr.Himm’s office and honestly don’t spend the day dreading my visits. That coming from a complete densit-aphobe says a lot!!"
    D.Gomes
  • "Pleasant surroundings and excellent dental work. I never have problems with my teeth."
    Amy Jackson
  • "Friendly, helpful, fun, they will work with you. The whole office has a nice atmosphere; they make you feel at home as much as you could be at a Dentist office, because lets face it, does anyone really like going to the Dentist."
    Denise Ford