What is Tooth Decay?
Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body. They are exposed to a significant amount of different substances as well as a significant amount of use. While they are strong, they are still susceptible to tooth decay. Decay is the softening of your tooth enamel or the outermost layer of your teeth. It occurs when the acids produced by plaque and bacteria erode your tooth enamel, causing mineral loss.
If you do not address tooth decay right away, it can lead to the formation of a cavity or a small pit in your tooth. Without treatment, a cavity only grows larger, compromising the strength of the affected tooth and your oral health. If you have developed tooth decay, Myers Dental can help.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
There are some different issues that can lead to the formation of tooth decay. Some common causes include:
How Do I Know if I Have Decay or Cavities?
Decay causes your tooth enamel to weaken. As the enamel weakens, white spots form on your teeth. As the decay worsens, you may also begin to notice symptoms that can indicate a cavity, including:
Treating Tooth Decay
The early stages of decay can be reversed. There are a few ways this can be done. You can reverse decay by brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste. It is important that you work to improve your oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Decay can also be reversed with professional fluoride treatments.
Unlike decay, cavities cannot be reversed. They can, however, be treated, protecting the health of your mouth. Treatments for cavities include:
How Can I Prevent Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay can be prevented. One of the most important things you can do to prevent decay is to make sure that you brush and floss your teeth regularly, as well as have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined. When you brush, use a fluoridated toothpaste. You can also help to prevent the formation of decay by maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet and limiting the number of sweets and carbohydrates you eat.
The earlier tooth decay is noticed and addressed, the easier it is to eliminate.
For more information, and to schedule your appointment, contact Myers Dental at (512) 506-9889 today.