Patient Education

Tooth Decay and Extraction

To fully understand the causes of tooth decay, it is important to understand what tooth decay entails. Tooth decay leads to the formation of cavities which, if left untreated, will result in severe pain and even loss of the tooth. Therefore, to avoid tooth decay and cavities it is important to understand the causes of tooth decay so that they can be evaded.

One of the main causes of tooth decay is the mixture of bacteria and left-over food in your mouth. Bacteria in your mouth constantly form plaque. Plaque can be removed by brushing but if left, it builds up, and acids from the bacteria will start to eat away at the enamel of tooth and this causes tooth decay.

The most common causes of tooth decay are eating a lot of foods high in sugar and not brushing your teeth afterwards. The sugar in your mouth speeds up the work of the bacteria making your teeth decay faster. If any food stays trapped in your mouth for long periods of time (i.e. not brushing twice a day for weeks on end), the higher your chances of having your teeth decay in time.  

To avoid tooth decay, as much as you can, it is important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Flossing regularly will remove any food that may have been trapped between the teeth, which will aid in good dental hygiene and the lack of bacteria buildup. Always having your dental checkups will further benefit your oral health, because dental professionals can see signs of tooth decay faster than the average person. Going to regularly scheduled cleanings will lead to tooth decay prevention.

Tooth decay happens on occasion, and cavities will form, but it is easy to rectify these issues. Remember to always seek dental help if you start to have aching pains in your mouth, that seem abnormal. It is easier to fix a cavity than it would be to fix a fallen-out tooth, so always schedule appointments with your dentist. The better the oral hygiene, the better your teeth in the long run!

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