Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure and can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin layer of the tooth.

How does tooth decay occur?

When foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches), such as breads, cereals, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth

Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids.

The bacteria, acid, food debris and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel

the surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities.

Cavities are common and start as small concerns, but when left untreated they can quickly escalate to more severe dental disease.

Five tips to prevent Tooth Decay are:

1. Brush two times a day for two minutes:

Brushing your teeth is the most important thing that needs to be done to help remove the sticky food particles that might damage the teeth. You need to brush your teeth and tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride products like fluoridated water, fluoride treatment or fluoride toothpaste help prevent cavities.

2. But don’t over-brush:

If you brush more than twice a day, or longer than four minutes total with too much pressure, you could wear down the enamel layer that protects your teeth. 

Even overuse of a toothbrush can cause wearing out of teeth. When tooth enamel isn’t there, it exposes a layer of dentin. Dentin has tiny holes that lead to nerve endings. When these are triggered, you might feel sensitivity or pain. 

Ask us the correct brushing technique when you visit us at SK Smile Dental Clinic. (To Book Your Appointment Call Now: 09930113857) and change your toothbrush as soon as it starts fraying.

3. Make sure you floss every day:

Flossing is essential to clean the small crevices, spaces between teeth and the gum line. It loosens the particles that brushing misses and also removes plaque, and prevents the buildup of tartar.

4. Stay away from soft drinks:

The acid in soda attacks teeth. Once acid eats away at the enamel, it goes on to create cavities, leaves stains on the tooth surface, and erodes the inside structure of the tooth. To avoid drinking-related tooth decay, limit soft drinks and take good care of your teeth.

5. Regular checkup:

It is important to visit your dentist regularly (once in 6 months) to help identify decay in initial stages and restore your teeth to help prevent it from causing more damage. (To Book Your Appointment Call Now: 09930113857)

SK Smile Dental Clinic, Aiorli is focused on increasing dental awareness to help improve oral health across India.