Tooth Decay: Causes and Prevention

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Why Tooth Decay Happens

Tooth decay is the damage to the surface of your tooth. It can be a problem for individuals of age groups. Eating or drinking sugary foods leads to the production of acids that attack the enamel. Plaque keeps the acids in constant contact with your teeth because of its sticky nature. This leads to erosion of your enamel over time. A breakdown of your enamel can lead to the formation of cavities.

Ways of Preventing

You can prevent tooth decay by ensuring you get enough fluoride. You can achieve this by brushing with a toothpaste rich in fluoride, drinking tap water with fluoride, and rinsing your mouth using fluoride.

Also, you can prevent it by:

  • Practicing good oral hygiene
  • Make healthy food choices by minimizing the consumption of foods or drinks high in sugar
  • Not using tobacco products
  • Ensuring that your children get sealants on their teeth

If it is too late to prevent tooth decay, you can seek treatment. There are several treatment options, and you decide on the most appropriate option based on the severity of the problem.

The treatment options available are:

  • Fillings: This involves the removal of your decayed tooth tissue, then restoring it by filling it with a filling material.
  • Extraction: In severe cases, when the damage to your pulp cannot be fixed, your dentist may resort to pulling the tooth. Your dentist might suggest that you get an implant to replace the missing tooth.
  • Fluoride treatments: Tooth decay in its early stages can be repaired using a fluoride treatment.

Due to the adverse effects of tooth decay, it is essential to either prevent it or to seek treatment. Contact us to have a feel of our devotion to restoring and enhancing your oral health and smile. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

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