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Tooth Decay and Your Dental Health

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Tooth decay is a serious dental health problem that can threaten the long-term health of your teeth. It is also one of the leading causes of tooth failure, tooth disease and even tooth loss. According to statistics provided by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NDICR), 92% of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had dental caries (cavities) in their permanent teeth. This same report shows that 26% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have untreated tooth decay. These sobering statistics have led many dental health experts to consider how we can fight this extremely prevalent and serious problem in the Untied States.

The best way to protect your teeth from future tooth decay is to take care of your dental health now. This involves practicing good daily oral hygiene at home including brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice daily (morning and night) and flossing your teeth thoroughly at least once daily (at night before you go to bed). Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and staying away from sugary drinks and candies can also help to protect your teeth from decay. Drinking alcohol in moderation is also important as heavy alcohol use can contribute to tooth decay.

There are also a number of preventive measures that can be taken by your dentist to help prevent your teeth from decay. Dental sealants are a highly effective measure that can be used to protect the teeth in the back of the mouth from tooth decay or dental carries (cavities). The process involves applying a thin plastic coating to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and allowing it to bond into the depressions and grooves of the teeth to form a protective shield over the enamel. Children, teenagers and adults without decay in their molars can all benefit from teeth sealants. Many dental insurance plans in the United States cover this quick, painless and highly effective treatment.

Another way to protect your teeth from decay is to visit your dentist regularly. For most individuals, a professional cleaning and dental examination is recommended every six months. During this time, your dentist can use a physical examination, an X-ray or even laser technology to detect tooth decay, before it has progressed to a more serious condition. If tooth decay is detected and treated in its earliest form, it can usually be treated without threatening the survival of the tooth. Cavities in their earliest form can usually be treated with a simply dental filling. If decay is not treated in a timely manner, it may require a more complicated procedure such as root canal therapy or a crown.

Are you taking good care of your dental health and taking the necessary steps to prevent tooth decay in your mouth? If not, talk to your dentist today about how you can improve your habits and protect your long-term dental health.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC – Roswell Dentist
1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 678-459-2990

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!!

    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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