Although everyone likely has a general understanding of what tooth decay is, we thought it might be helpful to break it down to the most common terms, and reasons why tooth decay occurs.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is simply the damage your teeth incur when bacteria in your mouth creates acid, which then attacks your tooth or teeth – creating cavities.
When a decayed tooth is left untreated it can become infected and cause pain, which can eventually lead to the loss of that tooth …something you definitely want to avoid.
Tooth Decay – The Cause
As stated – bacteria and acid cause tooth decay. But did you know plaque contains bacteria? That is why regular brushing and flossing is so imperative. When plaque sits on your teeth for hours during the day, it is potentially causing decay to your teeth. So keep your teeth clean to better prevent cavities from occurring!
What Are My Teeth Comprised Of?
Your tooth has 3 layers. The outer layer is called enamel, inside of that is dentin, and within that there is pulp that contains the nerves and blood vessels of your tooth.
Decay will begin at your outer layer and work it’s way into the tooth. The greater the layers the decay is able to reach, the more damage it creates, and the more dental work necessary.
That is why regular checkups can be a more cost-effective approach. If you have a tooth that is left untreated, it can lead to a costly root canal, which often requires a crown …all off which adds up quickly. So preventative care is the most cost-effective care.
How Can I Prevent Decay?
Regular brushing and flossing, limit the amount of sugary treats you consume, and visit your dentist regularly. This basic oral care routine should keep your teeth healthy and strong, and these combined efforts will keep your risk of cavities to a minimum.
At DentistsRUs, we provide you with a variety of dental professionals throughout the Lower Mainland who can offer you a dental checkup and cleaning. See our list below, and call to secure an appointment today!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View