Tooth decay is a common oral disease. It destroys your teeth and is a significant cause of tooth loss.
Tooth decay occurs as a result of what you eat and how you care for your teeth. Tooth decay symptoms begin with the build up of plaque bacteria.
Dental plaque is the sticky film that forms on your teeth surfaces. Plaque is harmful because it harbors bacteria. Oral bacterial produce acid. The acid interacts with the sugary or starchy foods you eat and attacks your teeth causing tooth damage.
Plaque that remains on your teeth hardens into tartar. The tartar can extend down into your gum line. Tartar is a problem for your teeth because it cannot be removed with brushing alone. Once the bacteria breaks down your tooth enamel holes or fissures are created in your teeth known as tooth decay.
Treating tooth decay begins with your commitment to regular dental examinations. Your dentist will check your teeth and gums for any signs of tooth decay. Dental x-rays are also necessary and effective for diagnosing the extent and damage of your decay.
Fluoride and dental sealants are effective for protecting your teeth and helping prevent tooth decay - especially for your children. Tooth decay treatment ultimately relies on professional dental treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment with a dental filling or a crown can stop its progression.
Your daily oral hygiene is also vital for preventing decay causing bacteria from forming plaque and eventually tartar on your teeth. The diet and lifestyle choices you make can have an impact too, especially reducing the sugar you eat.
Contact one of our London Ontario & Area offices about your tooth decay symptoms. Please schedule a dental examination to discuss our effective tooth decay treatment before it worsens :)