What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is perhaps the most common problem associated with dental care. Due to inadequate hygiene, weak teeth or an inability to clean certain areas, it’s something that inevitably happens mostly due to the fact that it’s difficult to clean our teeth and to remove all the tarter and plaque that forms without actually consulting a dental hygienist. As a result, over time our teeth decay and slowly form cavities.

For most people with good dental hygiene, regular visits to a dentist are all that’s needed to prevent tooth decay. Flossing, mouthwash and regular brushings all help to prevent what can be a very serious condition. Left untreated, tooth decay invariably ends up with not just that single tooth needing to be treated or extracted, but also the surrounding teeth, the gums and perhaps even the periodontal bones themselves.

Preventative measures after tooth decay have been found include cleaning and filling cavities that have formed with a dental filler, regular scaling to prevent plaque build-up and in the even that decay is severe, sometimes root canal treatment and or removal of the teeth. Dental crowns may also be fitted. The final treatment for teeth that are fully decayed is of course dental extraction.

Ultimately, extraction is avoidable if regular dental checkups are maintained. Dentists are adept at using dental fillings to treat teeth and prevent them from decaying further. Generally, a fear of dentist can prohibit many from visiting a dentist’s office even though dental treatments are largely pain-free thanks to anesthetics. Most procedures are carried out at the clinic, with only a very few needing specialist attention. Nowadays, dentist treatments are quick, painless and also very affordable.

Despite that, dental decay and tooth yellowing is something that many people simply think that they have to live with. While tooth yellowing is also a sign of ageing, regular dental visits will ensure that yellowing is kept to a minimum thanks to de-scaling treatments that ensure your teeth are as clean as possible and whitening which can revitalize yellowed teeth. The dentist will also be able to keep an eye on any possible problems such as periodontal disease / gingivitis which is a sign of gum disease which left untreated can also lead to decay.

For many, tooth decay is something that’s difficult to see, but it happens every day. Thanks to the fact that plaque and tarter build ups attack the enamel and dentine of the teeth, without regular brushing and cleanings, it’s inevitable that cavities will form. Even children today suffer from severe tooth decay thanks to high-sugar diets that really do attack the teeth aggressively.

Ultimately, the best method to prevent tooth decay is with a strict dental hygiene regimen as advised by a dentist. While fillings will inevitably be necessary for some, there are also many people who can go a lifetime without suffering from major decay. Thanks to modern technology such as dental fillings, UV cleaning and the likes, this really should be possible for anyone.

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