Tooth decay affects the young and old alike. It is one of the most common dental conditions and is the leading cause of tooth loss, followed by periodontal disease.
But despite its prevalence, it also one of the dental issues that can be easily avoided with proper dental hygiene and immediate attention. At Western Clinic Dental we emphasise prevention in our dental services.
If you have tooth decay, see your dentist at Western Clinic Dental immediately. Time is of the essence to save your tooth.
Common Causes Of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth’s enamel caused by the bacteria, Streptococcus mutans, in your mouth. A number of things lead to this type of bacteria thriving in your mouth, including:
#1. Poor dental hygiene
Good oral hygiene is the first step in avoiding tooth decay. Practicing good oral hygiene habits every day, at home or at work, is important to keep your teeth in their best shape. Brushing your teeth after every meal, flossing at least twice a day, and rinsing with mouthwash are examples of good oral hygiene habits. Neglecting to perform these tasks lets plaque accumulate and allows bacteria to thrive and damage your teeth.
#2. Unhealthy diet
What you eat also affects the health of your teeth. Indulging in your favourite sweet treats can harm your teeth. Residue from foods, particularly those high in sugar and carbohydrates, are converted to acid by the bacteria. The acid then attacks your tooth’s enamel.
Diabetes is a condition that affects other body systems as it progresses. Your oral health is not excused from the damage.
#4. Dry mouth
Most people see saliva as something gross. In truth, your saliva helps protect your teeth from decay. It washes away harmful materials present your mouth. A dry mouth can be harmful to your teeth. Xerostomia, certain medications, and breathing through your mouth can cause a dry mouth.
Smoking can have negative effects on your oral health. Staining, periodontal disease, and tooth decay are some of the negative effects of smoking.
Signs Of Tooth Decay
Once the bacteria attacks your tooth and decay sets in, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet food and drinks
- Holes or pits in the teeth
- Discoloured tooth
- Bad breath
- Bitter taste in the mouth
Fighting Tooth Decay At Western Clinic Dental
Prevention is better than cure. At Western Clinic Dental we believe in the practice of good oral hygiene to avoid dental issues such as tooth decay. We provide multiple preventive dentistry services including regular dental visits and dental cleaning to keep tabs on the health of your teeth.
If you have any of the abovementioned signs of tooth decay, it is important to tell your dentist at Western Clinic Dental immediately. Immediate attention can save you from a possible tooth extraction.
In treating a tooth damaged by decay, your dentist at Western Clinic Dental may employ dental cleaning, filings, inlay/onlay, and dental crowns. Each will be thoroughly explained before your procedure.
Save Your Teeth From Decay At Western Clinic Dental
Saving your pearly whites is our number one goal. Nobody wants missing teeth. We want you to have dazzling smile and healthy teeth to match.