Tooth decay is the leading cause of tooth loss, followed by periodontal disease. Both are caused by poor dental hygiene.
At Your Gold Coast Dentist, we encourage everyone to take advantage of our preventative dentistry services to stop dental problems such as tooth decay. If you think you already have cavities, don’t worry. We can still help!
At Your Gold Coast Dentist, healthy and decay-free teeth are possible! Read on to learn more.
Tooth decay is the destruction of the enamel. Decay is primarily caused by the Streptococcus bacteria that lives on plaque and tartar.
Below are the common situations or causes that accelerate destruction by the bacteria.
Poor dental hygiene
Brushing your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day removes most plaque in the mouth. Although there are areas that are difficult to brush, good oral hygiene habits are still your number one defence against dental problems such as tooth decay. Failure to brush allows the plaque to accumulate and develop into tartar.
Diet plays a big role in your general wellbeing including your oral health. The more you eat foods high in carbohydrates, sweet or starchy, the more the bacteria thrive in your mouth. Bacteria then create acid, which attacks the enamel and corrodes it.
Saliva helps keep your teeth decay-free by coating them with a thin film of the liquid that contains bacteria-fighting minerals. Saliva neutralises acid and helps in the remineralisation process. Xerostomia or dry mouth is the decrease of saliva supply in the mouth due to certain conditions such as mouth breathing or medications.
Diabetes is a condition that weakens the body system including your oral defences.
Below are the accompanying symptoms of tooth decay. Let’s take a look.
At Your Gold Coast Dentist, we strongly emphasise the importance of preventative dentistry for early detection and maintenance of your oral health.
Treatment depends on how severe the decay is. If the decay is discovered at an earlier stage, we recommend a dental sealant. If the cavities have already set in and damaged the enamel, we have fillings, onlays and inlays, and dental crown.
Some cases need a root canal treatment if the decay has already infected the dental pulp. The infected pulp is removed and replaced with a filling, and then capped with a dental crown to reinforce its strength.
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, come and see us right away, The earlier we begin treatment, the higher are the chances of saving your teeth from decay and extraction.
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