Do not leave it too late! Eliminate that decay!
Many different forms of bacteria call our mouths their home. Bacteria is known to build up on the teeth in the form of a yellow substance which is commonly known as plaque. Plaque that is not removed properly will harden and develop into calculus.
The bacteria present in your mouth creates acids which can dissolve the outer protective layer of your teeth also known as the ‘enamel‘ layer. The acid is known to remove the minerals from the enamel and if left untreated, can cause decay in the dentin. Acid can also flow through small pores in the enamel and is the first step to developing decay. If decay is left untreated, the bacteria continues to grow and produce acid that will eventually spread deeper into the tooth.
Early decays may not have any symptoms to begin with hence why it is necessary to frequently visit the dentist. A dentist is always on the lookout for dental cavities with each and every single visit. With the help of x-rays, newly formed decays can be picked up early and be treated.
There are several ways of preventing decay. It is advised to perform these daily in order to reduce the formation of plaque.
- Brushing and flossing daily to reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria.
- Reducing sugary or starchy foods to help reduce the amount of acids. Use fluoride toothpaste which strengthens teeth.
- Use antibacterial mouthwash to reduce bacteria.
- Chew sugar-free gum. This can help decrease the growth of bacteria.
Symptoms of a tooth decay include:
- Sensitivity to hot and/or cold
- Sensitivity to sweets
- Pain when chewing
Fluorides assist teeth in the early stages of decay to help repair themselves . If the decay gets worse and has penetrated past the enamel, only the dentist can resolve the issue. Fillings are performed on the infected area where a small drill is used to exposed the decayed area in order to remove the decay. The decayed material is removed and the area is filled with a composite resin. Decay that has affected the tooth past the enamel cannot be reversed and will continue to get worse and go deeper affecting the roots and result in treatments such as root canals and crowns.
If you suspect possible decay or would simply like to have a dental check up for signs of any decay, call us on 02 9531 1312 to book an appointment! Alternatively you may book online via our online booking page!