Tooth decay refers to the destruction of the hard, outer layer of your teeth known as enamel. It impacts adults, teenagers, and children all the same. In fact, studies have shown that 60% of adults do not clean their teeth properly. So it is not only children that need to (re)learn how to take care of their oral health. Do you fall into this majority?
Some may believe that you don’t have to take good care of your teeth at home because fluoride is added to drinking water and dentistry has made large advancements from technology. But, this is not true. Shockingly, 91% of adults aged between 20 and 64 have experienced some level of tooth decay and have needed a cavity filled. So do not take tooth decay lightly.
What are the symptoms?
You usually do not notice the symptoms of tooth decay until you have an infection or a cavity.
When this happens, you may experience:
Causes of Tooth Decay
Bacteria and certain foods cause tooth decay. Plaque is constantly forming in your mouth and contains bacteria, which eat at the sugars left from the foods you eat. This bacteria leaves behind acids that lead to the erosion of your teeth.
Things that make you more likely to experience tooth decay include:
How to Treat Tooth Decay
The treatment usually depends on the severity of the tooth decay. Early detection can sometimes result in fluoride treatments that will reverse the decay process. Your dentist may recommend a specific toothpaste high in fluoride.
If the tooth decay has already penetrated the enamel on your teeth, you may need one or more of the following procedures:
Tooth decay is preventable. See your dentist regularly, at least twice a year, and practice proper oral care at home. If you have questions or are concerned that you may need treatment for your tooth decay, schedule an appointment with us today.