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Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel. Plaque, a sticky layer of bacteria, continuously forms on your teeth.
When you eat or drink foods and beverages containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack the tooth enamel.
The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time, the enamel can erode. This is when cavities form.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
As the decay gets bigger, it may cause the following conditions:
- Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any clear cause
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain ranging from mild to sharp when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
- Large holes or pits in your teeth
- Staining on any surface of the tooth
- Pain when biting down
When to See the Dentist
Visit your dentist regularly so early signs of tooth decay can be treated immediately, and the prevention of further decay can begin.
Tooth decay is much easier and cheaper to deal with when treated in its early stages.
Dentists can usually spot tooth decay and further problems with a simple examination or X-ray.
Treatment for Tooth Decay
For children, both temporary molars and permanent molars can be treated with sealants. Dentists can also apply fluoride varnish on both temporary and permanent teeth to protect them from decay.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Follow these tips to avoid tooth decay and keep your gums as healthy as possible:
Visit your dentist regularly. Your Leederville dentist will decide how often you need to visit based on the condition of your mouth, teeth, and gums.
Limit the intake of sugary and starchy food and drinks, particularly between meals or within an hour before going to bed – some medicines may also contain sugar, so it’s best to look for sugar-free alternatives where possible.
Look after your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth properly with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day, and floss at least once daily.
Visit your dentist if you have a persistently dry mouth. This may be caused by certain drugs, treatments, or medical conditions.
Tooth Decay Treatment at Dentists on Vincent
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We are located at 322 Vincent Street in Leederville.
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