Tooth decay is Australia’s most prevalent health problem. Poor dental care and consuming sugary and starchy foods are two of the most common reasons for tooth decay.
Plaque is commonly caused by poor dental care. When you consume foods that contain a high amount of sugar and starch, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack your teeth. Teeth can break down over time and lead to the formation of cavities.
Tooth decay can be easily prevented. At DentArana, we want to help your family achieve decay-free teeth through our comprehensive and advanced preventative dentistry services.
Top Causes of Tooth Decay
Skipping your dental routine – not brushing or flossing teeth regularly, as well as not seeing your dentist for check-ups and cleans
Diet – foods high in sugar and carbohydrates trigger the development of decay as they feed the bacteria in your mouth, promoting tooth decay and cavities
Dry mouth – saliva is essential in washing away food and harmful sugars in your mouth and protecting your teeth from tooth decay. Thus, not having enough saliva can lead to tooth decay. People who suffer from dry mouth syndrome are at higher risk of developing tooth decay.
Smoking – smoking or using chewing tobacco, as well as, breathing second-hand smoke, can cause tooth decay.
Signs of Tooth Decay
Pain is the most obvious warning sign of tooth decay. However, symptoms can vary based on the location and extent of the decay. As the decay extends down to the root, it can cause other disturbing problems other than toothache pain, such as:
- Highly sensitive teeth
- Spots (brown, grey, black) or staining that appear on teeth
- Holes or bits that are noticeable as they develop on the problem tooth
- Bad breath caused by the bacteria on the decay
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth due to abscesses that can develop under the decayed tooth
Treatment for Tooth Decay
Once the decay has eaten through the enamel, your dentist may recommend one or more of these dental procedures to save your tooth:
- Tooth fillings involve removing the decay and filling the hole with a material that protect teeth from further damage and restore the tooth to its original form.
- A dental crown is a replacement tooth installed on the top of the severely damaged tooth.
- Root canal treatment is recommended if the tooth pulp has become infected due to decay. The procedure involves removing the diseased pulp to restore the health of the tooth.
- Tooth extraction is your dentist’s last resort if the tooth is severely damaged and can’t be saved with restorative treatments. The gap can be replaced with dental implants or bridges.
Tooth Decay Prevention Tips
- Maintain good oral hygiene habits by keeping your teeth and gums clean every day. Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth!
- Visit your dental and dental hygienist for your routine check-ups and cleanings.
- Don’t eat before bedtime. The food particles left on your teeth overnight can attack your teeth and are more likely to trigger cavities.
- Avoid foods and beverages that contain high amount of sugar and acids, including sticky foods. Don’t let sugars stay on your teeth for long. The more they have contact with your teeth, the more damaging they can be. Drink plenty of water to wash the sugar and acid particles from your teeth.
Prevention and Wellness at DentArana
Your team at DentArana is committed to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams that is free from decay and other dental issues. We take proactive approach in addressing all your dental needs and problems. If you want to preserve the health and beauty of your smile, start your journey with us here at DentArana.