Tooth Decay Specialist

Totowa Dental Center can teach residents of Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey how to prevent tooth decay and offers preventive services to keep people’s teeth in an optimal state of health.

Tooth Decay Q & A

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What causes tooth decay?

The human mouth contains a lot of bacteria. This is normal and will not make you sick, but those bacteria can build up over time and cause a sticky film called plaque to develop on the teeth. When the plaque develops, those same bacteria will create acids that can dissolve the minerals in the protective layer called enamel. When the acid eats away at the enamel, it can get into the underlayer (dentin) or nerve root, where they can cause an abscess.

What's the connection between diet and tooth decay?

Your diet can impact your oral health for two reasons. The first reason is that a healthy diet will provide you with nutrients needed to develop strong teeth. For instance, foods that are high in calcium (like cheese) or fiber (like apples, celery, and carrots) are good for your oral health. Your teeth are primarily made up of minerals such as calcium which comes from your diet. Secondly, there are some foods which will actually promote tooth decay. Foods high in sugar and high in starch can create plaque which provides food for the bacteria that causes tooth decay.

How can I prevent tooth decay?

You can take proactive steps to minimize tooth decay in several ways. The first step is to make sure your diet consists of healthy and nutritious foods. You should minimize consumption of foods that are full of sugar and starch. Soft drinks should also be avoided as they contain sugar and acids that can damage teeth. Good oral hygiene should also be practiced daily for preventive care. This includes flossing your teeth daily and brushing twice a day. See your dentist for regular preventive care and check-ups.

How is tooth decay treated?

Preventive care is the best way to treat tooth decay and is the preferred method of dentists. Regular dental care and cleaning is usually enough to prevent tooth decay, but the use of sealants to protect teeth can also be used. If other treatment is necessary fillings are the most common option. A filling involves the administration of a local anesthetic and then the dentist will drill out the decayed area to put the filling in the resulting hole. Fillings can be made of metal alloys, ceramic, porcelain, or a resin composite. These can be color-matched to your natural teeth.


At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.

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Totowa Dental Center
360 Route 46 East, Suite 3
Totowa, NJ 07512
Phone: 973-241-3579
Fax: 973-890-0655
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Totowa Dental Center
360 Route 46 East
Suite 3
Totowa, NJ 07512