Tooth decay is something that affects many people in Australia regardless of their age.
It is caused by your tooth enamel, (the hard, outer layer of your teeth) being eroded and destroyed by plaque.
During the course of your day a sticky film of bacteria, more commonly known as plaque, constantly forms on your teeth.
It is accentuated when you eat or drink foods that are high in sugar content, as this plaque produces an acid that attacks your tooth enamel.
The sticky plaque fuels these acids. Keeping them in corrosive contact with your teeth.
If not dealt with properly these acids can break the enamel around a tooth. When this happens cavities can form.
While a cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling, Tooth Decay can be stopped or reversed if spotted early enough.
This is a part of the reason why we strongly recommend you visit our dental hygienist every 6 months.
How To Stop or Reverse Tooth Decay
In order to reduce the risk of tooth decay, or to stop and reverse the early presence of it there are a number of things you can do.
1. Brush twice a day with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste.
2. Flossing Daily, ensuring in between your teeth is well cleaned.
3. Drink lots of fluoridated water.
4. Avoid junk foods, confectionery and sodas that are high in sugar.
5. Try not to snack between meals.
6. Chew sugar free gum as this stimulates saliva.
7. Visit your dental hygienist every 6 months for a comprehensive professional clean.
Doing this will significantly reduce your susceptibility to tooth decay.
Worried About Tooth Decay?
If you are worried about decay in your teeth please call Jess on 07 5443 2800 to discuss your concerns.
Alternatively if you are reading this outside of practice hours of 8.30am and 5pm please fill out this Request An Appointment Form.
We will call you back early the next working day.