Nobody wants their dentist to tell them their teeth have decayed. Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth’s structure, which can affect both the outer coating of the tooth (your enamel) and the inner layers of the tooth. Read on to find out more about tooth decay and how you can prevent it to maintain happy and healthy teeth!
What is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay can occur when you consume foods containing carbohydrates such as breads, cereals, milk, soft drink, lollies even fruit. While these foods are okay in moderation, the problem starts when remnants of these foods are left on your teeth. Bacteria that lives in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. Furthermore,these acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teethcreating tooth decay or in other words, what a dentist might call ‘cavities.’
Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Decay and Cavities
As tooth decay progresses, cavity symptoms start to appear. If you notice any of these common cavity symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible. The earlier symptoms are identified, the quicker and easier the cavity treatment will be. Symptoms may include toothaches and pains around the gums, increased tooth sensitivity and pain when biting, noticeable holes or pits in the affected tooth or even pus around a tooth.
Preventing Tooth Decay
There are lots of things you should be doing in order to maintain general oral hygiene and to prevent any dental related issues such as tooth decay from occurring. By taking these ideas on board, you will be helping to keep your smile looking and feeling great!
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Preferably, you should brush after each meal and especially before going to bed. This stops bacteria growth from occurring during the night!
- Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss.
- Rinse daily with a fluoride-containing mouthwash. Some rinses also have antiseptic ingredients to help kill the bacteria that can cause plaque.
- Limit the amount of foods you consume that contain a high amount of carbohydrates. A balanced diet will impact every aspect of your health, including your teeth and gums.
- Ask Smile Craft about dental sealants. These are a plastic protective coating which we can apply to the surfaces of your back teeth, protecting them from decay.
- Visit Smile Craft Dental regularly forprofessional cleanings and oral exam.
These are just some things you can do to prevent tooth decay from damaging your teeth. If you think you might be suffering from tooth decay, or you want more advice about tooth decay prevention, contact Smile Craft Dental today!