If you’re a patient at Todd A. Franklin DDS, we have no doubt that you probably have great oral hygiene habits! You brush and floss twice a day, and maybe even use mouthwash too. However, no matter how well we take care of our oral health, sometimes tooth decay does occur. According to a branch of the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the #1 chronic disease of children and adults in America. If you haven’t had one cavity by the age of 17, be proud: your select group comprises just 22% of the U.S. population! For most other people, cavities are a fact of life.

Along with cavities comes dental fillings – the most time-tested and effective way to treat tooth decay. Not only do fillings treat the cavity, but they also prevent further dental damage from occurring. A filling seals up small holes left by decay-causing bacteria and protects that bacteria from harming your teeth again. At every dental visit to Todd A. Franklin DDS, we check to make sure your teeth are free of cavities. Why is it so important that we carefully inspect for cavities and treat them with fillings?

It’s simple: If your tooth is left untreated, the decay wouldn’t go away — it would spread deeper inside the tooth. Often, this leads to severe tooth pain and can only be solved by a root canal procedure. In some cases, the tooth can no longer be saved and is removed.

All of that can be avoided with tooth fillings from our Lodi, CA dental clinic! Let us take good care of your smile. To schedule your next appointment, give our team a call today at (209) 334-4370.