Tooth decay begins with the destruction of tooth enamel. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. When you consume foods that contain sugar and starch, the bacterial plaque produce acids that attack your teeth. Over time, the tooth enamel can break drown and result in cavities.
No one is safe from tooth decay. Even babies can develop this dental problem in the form of “baby bottle tooth decay” which is caused by exposure to sugary substances like formula milk.
Tooth decay is highly preventable. However, because many individuals disregard the importance of good dental care, tooth decay has become the second most globally prevalent disease after the common cold.
At Prevent Dental Suite, we want to help you achieve strong and decay-free teeth with our comprehensive preventive dentistry.
Signs of Tooth Decay
If you rarely check the inside of your mouth, you will never know that decay is slowly forming on your teeth, until you start experiencing tooth pain. Take a peek at your teeth. If you see holes or pits, you have tooth decay. Other indications of dental caries include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Brown or black staining in teeth
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Pain sensation when you bite down
See Your Dentist
In its early stages, tooth decay is much easier to treat and manage. Plus, early treatment helps avoid expensive procedures that are used to remove decay and restore teeth, such as root canal therapy and dental crowns.
During examination, your dentist can identify the tooth decay. With this, further problems caused by decay like gum disease and dental abscess can easily be prevented. Even when your mouth feels or looks fine, you still need to visit your dentist regularly as there are issues in your mouth that don’t show symptoms or can’t be detected by naked eye.
Once you experience toothache or tooth sensitivity, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Prevention: The Best Cure
We have said this a thousand times, and we will never get tired of saying it: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. At Prevent Dental Suite, we strongly believe that prevention is the best cure for all health anomalies, especially various oral health diseases.
Here are some of the most common and effective ways to beat tooth decay and keep a decay-free smile for life:
Oral hygiene – since tooth decay is caused by plaque build-up that harbours acid-producing bacteria that erode the teeth, you need to remove plaque by daily brushing and flossing. To boost your dental care, discuss with your dentist the right brushing and flossing techniques as well as the right toothpaste for your case.
Diet – sugary and starchy foods are enemies of your teeth. Decrease your consumption of such foods, including acidic ones. Healthy, balanced diet plays a crucial role in your dental health. So stack your fridge with fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products and other foods rich in calcium. Calcium-rich foods help prevent periodontal disease and jaw deterioration.
Smoking and Drinking – not only do drinking and smoking harm your overall health but they can also wreak havoc on your teeth and mouth. Bad breath, gum disease, dry mouth, and tooth discolouration are just some of the effects of smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. Smoking can also cause oral cancer and tooth loss.
Dental cleaning – the dentist and dental hygienist use special tools to effectively remove plaque that is not eliminated by home care. Dental cleaning keeps your gums and heart healthy, so be sure to visit your dentist every six months a for regular check-up and clean.
Visit Prevent Dental Suite today! Together let us fight tooth decay and spread the incredible benefits of good dental health care.
Prevent Dental Suite is a family friendly dentist serving patients of all ages in Kallangur, Warner, Murrumba Downs, North Lakes, Petrie, Strathpine, Griffin, and surrounding areas in Brisbane northside.