Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in our mouth – known as plaque – builds up, creating acids that eat away at our teeth.
When a tooth is exposed to this acid often – from regularly eating or drinking sugary products for example – the tooth’s enamel starts to weaken. White spots may start to form – which is one of the earliest signs of decay.
Serious tooth decay is still preventable at this point, by stepping up your oral hygiene program and ensuring you’re receiving enough fluroride from toothpaste and in-chair procedures.
If tooth decay is left untreated, the tooth continues to weaken until a cavity is formed.
If you have a cavity, a filling will protect your tooth from further decay. If left unfilled, a cavity will deteriorate and the decay may ultimately lead to significant pain, gum issues and even bone loss.
Enamel loss is also a common component of tooth decay, and may result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or completely eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is applied.
To learn more about tooth decay – or to receive treatment – call us today on 07 3870 8811.