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Tooth Decay Management Warrnambool
Sugar is bad for our teeth because plaque (a film of bacteria living on teeth, gums, and the tongue) feeds on it to produce acids that can cause tooth decay.
A combination of poor oral hygiene and a bad diet allows plaque to thrive on teeth and gums, which can lead to gum disease and a breakdown of tooth structure.
Cavities, or dental caries, are a commonly known form of tooth decay.
They are holes that normally form in posterior teeth (in the back) and will need to be filled to prevent further damage to the tooth.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
In some cases, tooth decay may not cause any pain at all.
Other symptoms include:
Causes of Tooth Decay
When plaque and sugar make contact, they react to form an acid by-product that is erosive to the teeth.
When this occurs, your teeth undergo an acid attack that softens and dissolves the tooth’s protective layer, or enamel.
This may last for an hour or longer after consuming sugary foods or drinks before your saliva can remineralise the enamel and return it to its hardened state.
Sugars and other carbohydrates such as starch react with plaque to produce acids.
It’s important to check the ingredients of food to know what you’re eating or drinking and limiting sugar (in all of its forms) intake to meals as much as possible.
Snacking between meals makes it hard for your enamel to recover and can lead to daily deterioration of teeth and decay.
Tooth Decay Treatment
Tooth decay treatment varies depending on the progression of decay and includes:
You can discuss your sugar intake and dietary habits with your dentist and may receive treatment such as a fluoride gel or paste coating on the decaying tooth.
This will strengthen your enamel but will not necessarily make your teeth immune to decay
Middle stage treatment
If the decay has progressed your dentist may recommend removing the decay and covering the cavity with a crown or filling
If tooth decay has begun to affect the pulp of the tooth (the soft tissue interior), you may require root canal treatment to prevent further damage to the tooth.
Final stage treatment
Tooth Decay Management in Warrnambool
Visit us at Warrnambool today! Let us fight tooth decay and spread the outstanding benefits of good dental health care.
Tooth Decay Remedy in Warrnambool
Call us on (03) 5562 4433 or visit us at 454A Raglan Parade in Warrnambool.
Listed below are the most commonly asked questions we receive from our patients.
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What is tooth decay?
If left untreated, the acid will spread to the nerves, damaging them. Tooth decay can lead to infection and, worse, tooth loss.