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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a probably the most common dental problem. It is the process by which tooth enamel is eroded and eventually results in the formation of cavities. Most dental patients will have to deal with tooth decay of some kind in their lifetime.

Royal Oak Dental Group offers many restoration dental treatments for tooth decay, from mild to severe, that can restore the tooth’s structure and functionality. But the best solution to tooth decay is to prevent it in the first place.

How Does Tooth Decay Occur?

To prevent tooth decay, it helps to understand how tooth decay happens. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria that forms on teeth and coats them. These bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates you eat, and produce acid that destroys and breaks down enamel. Over time, weak spots in enamel can form and turn into cavities.

There are several preventive dental measures that can be taken to prevent cavities:

  • Regular brushing & flossing to remove food and bacteria from teeth
  • Using fluoridated dental products that will strengthen and restore enamel
  • Dental cleanings to remove tartar, plaque and bacteria
  • Brush your tongue to remove plaque that lives there
  • Avoid acidic & sugary foods, such as soda, that feed bacteria and damage enamel

Call us today to set up a dental cleaning & checkup to make sure your teeth are healthy and to catch tooth decay early. The Royal Oak team is proud to serve patients in the Raleigh-Cary-Chapel Hill-Siler City area including Apex, Hillsboro, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Durham, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Garner, Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale.

Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to provide a full scope of dental health services to patients from Raleigh, Cary, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Hills, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Morrisville, NC, as well as the greater Triangle area.
Click Here: COVID-19 & Office Updates

Dear Patient:
 
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we all collectively do our best to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these challenging times. Because the health and safety of our patients and community is paramount, it has been necessary to limit our patient care to urgent and emergency care over these last few months.

As we have closely followed recommendations from the North Carolina Dental Board, CDC, and other reputable health organizations, we recognize the importance of regional-specific guidance based on the most comprehensive, accurate, and current scientific literature and data available. While community guidelines may continue to evolve, we must continue to make our treatment decisions based on the best knowledge available. It is our job to help improve the health of our patients by approaching comprehensive dental treatment PROACTIVELY, not just reacting after the compromise has become irreversible in nature.

With this in mind, we have made the decision to safely reopen our doors to ALL PATIENTS beginning Monday, May 11th. This means routine dental care, such as cleanings and simple restorations, will resume. When you come to our office you will notice the following elevated measures and precautions that we believe are necessary to maintain until we emerge from this COVID-19 environment (and likely thereafter):  

  • Sanitation stations in the front desk/waiting area
  • Anti-microbial Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses before the start of each appointment
  • Hi-Evacuation suction for hygiene appointments to minimize cavitron-related aerosols
  • Patient entrance doors will remain open to reduce contact 
  • Mandatory pre-screening questionnaire over the phone when appointments are confirmed and upon arrival to the office, in addition to temperature checks of ALL STAFF and PATIENTS
  • Patients will wait in their vehicles until their appointment begins
  • Limited access to patient waiting areas and operatories whenever possible (e.g. restricted to patients, parents of young children, translators, service animals, special needs assistance, etc.)
  • Enhanced social distancing measures throughout the office 

This is not the first crisis that we have endured as a state or as a nation, and we look forward to overcoming this event better, stronger and more resilient than ever before. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your oral health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and let us know if there is anything we can do to better serve you.
 
Sincerely,
Royal Oak Dental Group