Tooth Decay | Dental Dilemmas | Bury Times | 3rd July 2015

Tooth Decay: Dr Imran Chhadat Answers your Dental Dilemmas

Tooth Decay | Dental Dilemmas | Synergy Dental

Tooth decay occurs when acid from the bacteria in your mouth eat away at the layers of your teeth.  This is also known as dental decay or dental caries.  You might not know it, but your mouth is full of bacteria and when it comes into contact with particles of food and saliva, it produces a sticky substance called plaque.

Sugary food and drinks that are especially high in carbohydrates give the bacteria the energy needed in order to produce this acid. When the plaque begins to build up, this acid will start to break down the surface of your teeth.  If left to carry on, they will eventually end up damaging the centre of the tooth – which is soft and vulnerable.  This will lead to more problems such as toothache, cavities and even dental abscesses.

Symptoms of tooth decay can include one or more of the following:

  • Toothache
  • Sensitive teeth (feeling pain when consuming hot, cold and sweet food or drink)
  • Discoloured spots on teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth

You should try to keep your mouth as healthy as you can by brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes.  You should avoid rinsing your mouth after brushing as this will wash away the protective fluoride from your teeth. Use floss or an interdental brush at least once a day to clean the gaps between the teeth.  You should also try to cut down on sugary and starchy food and drink between meals and right before bed.

Sensitivity in the teeth is normally a sign that you should visit your dentist as soon as possible, even if you don’t see any noticeable problems.  As always, it’s important to have regular dental check-ups so as your dentist can look for any signs of decay or any other issues.

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