17 September 2008

ToothDental cavities caused by tooth decay must be restored to preserve tooth health and functionality. It is a degenerative oral health condition that results from the breakdown of tooth enamel. The destruction of tooth structure associated with decay can lead to the holes in the teeth (cavities).

The Causes of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is often caused as result of dietary choices and oral hygiene practices.
Most of our foods that we eat contain sugars and starches. When these foods are left on the teeth, plaque combines with the bacteria that live in the mouth. This combination produces acids that damage the tooth enamel causing tooth decay.

  • Proper nutrition is essential in the promotion of good oral hygiene and avoidance of tooth decay.
  • Foods and drinks that are high in sugars are more prone to form the acid that attacks the tooth enamel resulting in decay.
  • Limiting foods and drinks that are high in sugar and carbonation can help to prevent tooth decay and improve oral hygiene.
The Treatment of Tooth Decay

If decay is detected before it reaches the nerve of the tooth, a dentist can restore the tooth by removing the decay and replacing it with a dental filling. If tooth decay is left untreated and reaches the nerve, a root canal procedure would more than likely be needed to save the tooth.

Tooth Decay Prevention
  • ToothBrush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride.
  • Floss daily to remove food debris from in between the teeth.
  • Maintain a healthy diet of nutritious foods.
  • Avoid snacks and drinks contain high in sugar.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check ups and dental cleanings.
  • Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help reduce plaque.
  • Have dental sealants (a protective coating) placed on the biting surfaces of the back teeth.
Baby Teeth - Tooth Decay
Baby Teeth
Many parents are not aware of the importance of baby teeth which is still primary teeth. Perhaphs they consider it as a temporary teeth. Many people therefore assume that the primary teeth are not as important as the permanent teeth.

Baby teeth serve important purposes such as helping children chew naturally and speak normally and clearly. Baby teeth are also important for providing a place for permanent teeth to erupt or grow into properly. If baby teeth are mistreated, it can have a detrimental effect on long-term oral health.


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