Tooth Decay is another word for cavities, which occurs when harmful types of bacteria produce acid which attack the tooth’s enamel and the then under layer called the dentin.
Signs and Symptoms of tooth decay
- Bad Breath
- Sensitive to sweet, cold or hot food and drinks.
- Pain when eating
Ways to prevent tooth decay
Brush at least twice a day, this removes all the harmful bacteria. Floss your teeth this makes a great difference to the health of your teeth by removing plaque from between the teeth and below the gumline. Visit the dentist at least twice a year for extra cleaning and check-ups. Avoid snacking on sugary or starchy foods if and when you do especially late at night, be sure to clean your teeth after. Eat a well balanced diet by cutting down on sugary and starchy foods.
There are three different types of tooth decay “Cavities”
- Coronal cavities these are the most common types and are usually located between the teeth and on the chewing surface
- Root cavities as we get old unfortunately our gums recede and leave a delicate are exposed which can easily decay
- Recurrent decay which forms around fillings and crowns, because they will have an even or different surface texture to the tooth and plaque tends to stick to it causing tooth decay.