Our team at Aloe Vera Dental Studio can advise you on how to make small changes to your daily routine, this will make a big difference in the long run in preventing gum disease or decay.
What causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is the softening of your tooth enamel caused by acids. These acids are created when plaque bacteria break down sugar in your mouth. These acids eat away at the tooth enamel (outer layer) causing cavities (holes). The more sugary foods & drinks consumed, the more acids are produced.
Enamel can repair itself by using minerals from saliva, and fluoride from toothpaste or other sources. But if the tooth decay process continues, more minerals are lost. Over time, the enamel is weakened and destroyed, forming a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling.
Treating Tooth Decay
While there is no true tooth decay cure, there are treatment options. While this depends on the severity of the cavity, our Dentist might need to drill to remove the decayed portion of a tooth and use a filling to replace it. If a tooth is in very bad shape, they might need to remove the extensively damaged tooth structure and replace it with a crown, which is fitted around whatever remains of the tooth. If it’s so bad that the nerves of a tooth are dead, a root canal treatment might be necessary. That involves removing nerves and the decayed portion of tooth, and placing a crown on top. Avoid tooth decay and make sure you keep smiling!
Our team at Aloe Vera Dental Studio can advise you on how to make small changes in your daily routine and this will make a big difference in the long run in preventing further gum disease or decay and maintaining your healthy smile.
What Are The Symptoms of Tooth Decay
- Dark patches/spots on the enamel
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth