Prevent It Early!
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems that people face when it comes to your dental health. Tooth decay occurs when sugars from foods and drinks produce acids within the mouth with the help of plaque that is accumulated on the teeth. This process gradually damages our teeth thus causing decay.
Decay attacks the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) which in time forms holes in the teeth. If left unattended and untreated, it begins to spread and grow potentially reaching the roots and nerve of the tooth. Tooth decay may cause pain, infection and in some worse cases, tooth loss.
So how can you prevent tooth decay…?
EASY! Preventing tooth decay is easy in these four simple steps:
- BRUSHING – Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is the first step to prevent decay.
- FLOSSING – Flossing daily in between your teeth is just as important as brushing to remove plaque.
- LIMIT THE SUGARS! – Soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks and energy drinks can contain up to 5-7 teaspoons of sugar in one serving! Limiting and avoiding your sugar intake can dramatically reduce the chances of developing decays.
- POP IN TO SEE THE DENTIST – Having regular dental checkups is very important to prevent not only decays, but all forms of dental health issues. It is recommended to visit the dentist at least every six months however if you are a smoker or suffer from diabetes, it is recommended to visit every three months!
The early stages of decay can be invisible to the human eye and painless therefor it is important to visit the dentist regularly as only professional examinations and x-rays can detect early decay! As mentioned before, decay at a more serious and developed stage can cause toothache, pain, sensitivity and even tooth loss.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call on 02 9531 1312 (Miranda) or 02 9460 8909 (St Leonards) to have a professional examination! Alternatively you may book an examination online with any of our dentists via our ‘booking page’.