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Let’s Talk Tooth Decay!

Let’s Talk Tooth Decay!

Let’s Talk Tooth Decay!

Everyone who has teeth is at risk of getting tooth decay. Your risk may increase if you snack often and sip on sugary drinks, have dry mouth, or do not take care of your teeth. Make sure to keep up with your dental health care at home in addition to visiting the dentist at least twice a year!

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is damage to a tooth when decay-causing bacteria in your mouth produces acids that attack the enamel of the tooth. This can lead to a small hole in a tooth, which is called a cavity.

Untreated cavities can cause pain and lead to infections that can affect your everyday activities, such as eating and speaking.

What are Some Signs of Tooth Decay?

Although there are many signs of tooth decay, you may not notice any symptoms at all. This is why it is crucial to see your dentist regularly! Your dentist will give you a thorough exam and take any x-rays as needed.

Here are some of the most common signs:

  • Discoloration of teeth
  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Loose fillings
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tooth pain

How is Tooth Decay Treated?

Treatment depends on the size and location of the decay. If decay is caught early, it can often be treated with fluoride. If the decay has formed a cavity, you will need a filling.

A filling is a way to restore a damaged tooth with decay back to its normal function and shape. Your dentist will remove the decayed tooth tissue and then fill the space with either single or combinations of metals, plastics, etc. Don’t worry – it is completely safe!

How can I Lower my Risk of Tooth Decay?

Just because you are at risk of tooth decay, does not mean you cannot prevent it! Follow these simple tips:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day
  • Use floss to clean between your teeth every day
  • Limit how often you snack and sip on sugary drinks/food
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and exam

Your oral health directly affects your overall health. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy life!

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