Tooth Decay

How is decay treated?

Once the structure of a tooth has been damaged by decay, there is no way to repair it. However, if decay is picked up at an early stage its progression can be blocked. Decayed material can be removed, and replaced with a restorative material generally a tooth coloured filling. If the decay is more extensive, then

How do you prevent decay?

The best way to keep your teeth in health condition is to ensure that you clean them regularly to get rid of any plaque build up. Most dentists recommend that you clean your teeth at least twice a day. Using a toothpaste containing fluoride is probably a good idea as this provides the teeth with

Is diet a factor?

Yes. Eating a diet rich in sugar and starch increases the risk of tooth decay, and sticky foods can be a particular problem because they are more likely to remain on the surface of the teeth. Frequent snacking also increases the amount of time that acids are in contact with the teeth. In the absence of good

What are the symptoms?

The most obvious sign of tooth decay is toothache, particularly after hot or cold foods or drinks. However, painmay not be present until decay has reached an advanced stage. Pits or holes may also be visible in the teeth. Most tooth decay is discovered at an early stage during a routine check up. A serious complication

What causes tooth decay?

The problem is caused by sticky deposits called plaque that collect, in particular, around the gum line, the edges of fillings and the grooved surfaces of the teeth. Plaque is made up of food debris, saliva and the bacteria that are normally present in the mouth, and convert food into acids. If plaque is allowed