Painful, infected teeth are not a pleasant experience, but they are common symptoms of tooth decay. The good news however is that tooth decay is preventable. Your best defense against decay is a daily oral hygiene routine, as well as regular visits to our office. It can be helpful to know more about tooth decay and what causes it so that you are better equipped with the knowledge to prevent it.
More Than Just Sugar
Sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay. Sugar build-up and
deposits on your teeth lead to the erosion of the tooth. While it is important
to be mindful of the sugary products you are consuming, sugar is not the only
culprit in causing tooth decay. Acids can also damage your teeth. Foods that
are high in acidic content can speed up the process of decay. Our dentist
suggests you avoid drinks and candies with high sugar or acid content. If you
find yourself consuming such things, make sure to keep up with your daily oral
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
recommends avoiding snacks between meals, limiting sugary drinks and fruit
juices, and not eating or drinking before bedtime after brushing.
You Can’t Always Tell
Decay doesn’t always have noticeable signs. When discomfort
is felt, it could be a sign the decay has spread beyond one tooth. In other words,
by the time you do feel it decay is far along. This can be prevented by regular
visits to our office. Our doctor can help identify potential issues early and
you will receive the best possible treatments for your teeth.
Teeth with Fillings
Still Need to Be Cared for Properly
Previous fillings do not mean that your teeth are free of
decay forever. It is essential you maintain proper daily care of your teeth. It
is possible to develop decay around existing fillings, so be sure you are
taking extra care especially around fillings. If you feel your existing
fillings are giving you trouble, schedule an appointment to see us.
Tooth Decay Not Just
a Kids Thing
All age groups are equally at risk of developing tooth
decay. Parents should keep an eye on
their children’s sugary snacks and treats, but this advice holds true for
everyone. Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable because of certain
medications can damage their teeth. It is essential that all age groups are
receiving twice-yearly dental examinations.
Tooth decay is a common dental issue. However, with the
right knowledge you can prevent damage to your teeth. Watch your diet and make
sure you limit sugary candies and snacks. Remember, you won’t always be able to
see or feel decay, so contact our office to schedule a regular visit.
For more helpful tips on preventing decay, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office.