It starts with our natural bacteria producing acid that erodes the protective enamel and dentin. Left unchecked, this can lead to the formation of painful cavities, sensitivity, and even the devastating loss of teeth.
Tooth decay or dental caries can be prevented by periodic professional fluoride treatment and placing fissure sealant wherever indicated. Initial caries, also called incipient caries can be reversed by appropriate oral hygiene measures including flossing, improvement in diet, use of fissure seals and fluoride. More advanced caries can be treated with composite or ceramics, fillings.
Extensive caries involving the pulp may require root canal treatment and a crown. If the tooth is non restorable, extraction and prosthetic replacement may be needed.
Diet is the primary perpetrator behind the destruction of your teeth, causing the formation of cavities and tooth decay. The bacteria that resides in your mouth feeds on sugars from your diet and releases acid as a byproduct. When this acid comes into contact with the teeth, it can dissolve the minerals in the enamel and dentin, leading to the formation of a cavity. The process of tooth decay can be exacerbated by poor oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates, and a lack of fluoride, among other factors.
Foods that are sticky and sugary such as ice cream and lollies are more likely to cause decay as they contain high sugar content and stick to your teeth. Avoid eating and drinking a lot of foods and drinks such as ice cream, soda, lollies, dried fruit, cookies, mints and other sticky or sugary foods.
If you don’t clean your teeth and floss well, plaque will form around your teeth causing tooth decay and tooth
Dry mouth is caused by the lack of saliva production in your mouth. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by washing away the plaque from your teeth. Help to prevent cavities and dry mouth by drinking plenty of water.
Heartburn causes your stomach acid to come up into your mouth wearing away the enamel of your teeth causing significant damage. This exposes more of the dentin, enabling attacks from the bacteria resulting in tooth decay and/or a tooth cavity.
Book your next appointment at Ashton Avenue Dental Practice and get the treatment you require to restore your teeth to their former glory. Trust the experienced and compassionate team at Ashton Avenue Dental Practice to take care of your oral health, and schedule your appointment today.
Generally, we see 5 stages of tooth decay here at Ashton Avenue Dental.
Yes! Tooth decay can lead to halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath. The bacteria that cause tooth decay and tooth cavities in your mouth can produce a foul odour. Furthermore, if your tooth decay has resulted in infection or abscesses, the likelihood of having bad breath is even higher. If you have bad breath and suspect tooth decay, see your dentist at Ashton Avenue Dental for treatment.