According to recent studies, 92% of adults ages 20-64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Tooth decay is also prevalent in the pediatric population, affecting 50% of children ages 2-11, and increasing to 78% among 17 year olds. At Jonathan Feder, DMD, Family Dentistry, we focus on preventive care to halt the onset and progress of tooth decay. By visiting our dentist for periodic teeth cleanings and examination, we can keep your smile cavity-free from the start. A sticky film called plaque, which continuously accumulates in your mouth harbors harmful bacteria that feed on sugar, causing cavities and gum disease. The bacteria in plaque produce acids, which eat away at tooth enamel, causing cavities to form. Simply by brushing, flossing and visiting our dentist for professional teeth cleanings, you can help protect your teeth against the detrimental effects of plaque bacteria. We also provide our youngest patients with the educational tools needed to develop healthy oral hygiene practices, as well as offer an additional level of protection against tooth decay with dental sealants and periodic fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel and dental sealants are essentially protective coatings that are applied to the biting surfaces of the newly erupted permanent molars, to shield them from cavities. For patients of all ages, every checkup includes a thorough examination, with the use of advanced digital radiography, as needed, in order to diagnose cavities and other harmful oral health conditions from their outset. If our dentist finds a cavity, we will gently and precisely remove the decay, then restore the tooth with a dental filling. Our office utilizes the latest generation of durable, tooth colored restorative materials, which blend seamlessly with your smile for the most aesthetically pleasing results. At Jonathan Feder, DMD, Family Dentistry, we utilize the most advanced approaches to prevent, detect and treat tooth decay. We make every visit to our dentist a stress-free experience. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.