Tooth decay can arise in many forms and slowly impair your oral health. That is because tooth decay refers to the destruction of your tooth enamel as it is slowly worn away. Your tooth enamel consists of the hard outer layer on your teeth that is designed to protect the inner workings of a tooth, but sadly, it is no match for harmful acids that often end up in your mouth. These acids are able to erode quickly through your tooth enamel and put the inner workings of a tooth at risk for infections and dental damage.
Oftentimes, tooth decay and plaque buildup in your mouth can slowly wear away your tooth enamel. This is because bacteria and plaque can convert harmful substances such as sugars and carbs into acids which will eat through your tooth enamel. If left untreated, you will slowly suffer further dental damage until a hole has formed in your tooth. If a hole is present, it is known as a cavity. Cavities must also be treated as any further damage to a tooth could potentially lead to tooth loss. By effectively installing restoration treatments such as dental fillings, cavities can be eliminated.
One of the best ways to prevent cavities from ever arising is to always make sure you’re cleaning your mouth out as intended. This includes practicing effective brushing and flossing techniques on a daily basis. Furthermore, you’ll want to use alternative non-abrasive cleaning habits after you eat including mouthwash or chewing sugarless gum to help promote saliva flow. Also, visit your dentist for routine checkups and oral examinations to ensure your health is progressing as intended.
Richard Healy DDS wants to help you with tooth decay prevention. To schedule an appointment at our office in Santa Maria, California, please call us at 805-928-3928. Dr. Richard Healy and our dental superheroes are here to help!