Posted on 10/20/2019 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
|Dental plaque build-up on your teeth produces acid in your mouth, which eventually can cause further problems like gum disease, cavities, and in worst cases, holes in your teeth. Nerves can become exposed which can cause severe pain and discomfort.
Clear signs of tooth decay and cavities are pain, increased sensitivity to hot or cold beverages, pain when biting down, noticeable holes (keep in mind, not all holes are noticeable by the human eye), and pus leaking from your gums and or teeth.
Tune in to what your teeth are telling you and watch out for signs of tooth decay and avoid those foods and activities that could potentially put you at risk. Here we will discuss what causes tooth decay and how to prevent it.
What Causes Tooth Decay?There are several factors that contribute to tooth decay. There's not just one easy cause to blame. It starts, however, with erosion of the minerals in your teeth which slowly and methodically eat through each layer of your tooth, forming a cavity. Poor oral hygiene on a daily basis, allowing plaque to build up on your teeth, dry mouth, bacteria, acid and even medical problems all can contribute to tooth decay.
The main culprits of tooth decay are the sugary sweet foods and drinks we love to snack on so much. The more sugar a food or beverage contains, the more acid that is being produced in your mouth, ultimately leading to impacted teeth and decay.
Tooth Decay PreventionThe best way to avoid tooth decay and cavities is prevention. There are many measures you can take to make that happen. The first thing you can do is develop and keep a daily oral hygiene routine. Once it has become a habit, it will not seem like that much of a task. Purchase toothbrushes that specialize in reaching hard to reach places and stimulate your gums. Only buy toothpaste that is recommended by the American Dental Association or one of our dental surgeons.
By taking good care of your teeth you preserve your smile. If you are concerned about any of the symptoms we discussed here, please call us today to schedule a consultation. We have experienced and knowledgeable staff ready to assist you.
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