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When acids keep eroding enamel of your tooth for long to leak calcium and other minerals from your enamel and dentin, a process called demineralization takes place. This also leads to tooth decay unless you get the problem treated by good Edmonton dentist. Acids play an important role in tooth decay and the acid found in your mouth is produced from the wastes of mutans streptococci and lactobacilli bacteria that develop in dental plaque.
What is the source of demineralizing acids?
Dietary sugars contain tooth decaying acids in bulk amount, including lactose, glucose, fructose, cooked starches and table sugar. This might sound surprising, but as soon as you take a bite of a sugary cookie or a French fry, bacteria start digesting sugars, breaking them down and finally excreting them as demineralizing acids. As the colony of these bacteria increases, you star to complain about plaque buildup. Plaque is the yellowish, tough coating you generally see on the surface of teeth near the gum line.
Plaque is the issue
Dental plaque forms a great nesting place for bacteria that also keeps acids in touch of tooth enamel. As plaque can’t be removed by brushing, it is essential that a person suffering from tooth decay visits Edmonton dentist immediately so with the help of special tools dentist can remove the plaque buildup or cavity and properly clean teeth.
Signs of tooth decay
There are no visible signs of cavities and tooth decay during the early stages. You only know about the cavity as demineralization begins to create a hole in your teeth and you start experiencing the pain. Tooth decay can also cause tooth ache, tooth sensitivity and severe pain using the affected teeth to bite your food. In some cases, tooth decay creates an infection, and pus starts seeping around the gum line of the decayed tooth. If treatment is delayer for long time, the affected tooth may crumble, loosen and finally fall out, which creates a partially or completely empty socket.
How to prevent tooth decay
Getting regular checkups from your Edmonton dentist and brushing and flossing, two times in a day and eating healthy foods instead of fries or candies are the best ways to prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy and great.
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You might have heard a lot about tooth decay. Your dentist throws it around and warns you to avoid sugary foods. You may have even seen those threatening posters of tooth decay and how your tooth will fall off. This brings the question of: what exactly is tooth decay? What are the symptoms? And how can you remedy the situation if you suspect you are suffering from one?
What exactly is it?
Tooth decay is the rotting of your tooth caused by the onset of an infection. The infection is due to bacteria. When sugar and food particles get stuck in the gaps insides your mouth, bacteria develops which creates enzymes and acids. These acids corrode teeth.
Around 20% of children are badly affected and three quarters of tooth decay cases affect children. Even adults don't escape it, though. 30-50% of adults over the age of 50 experience tooth decay. Studies have further shown that tooth decay occurs among those who have a high carbohydrate diet and a 'sweet tooth'.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
The sooner you catch a tooth decay, the better it can be treated. Here are symptoms to look out for.
- The first sign of a new cavity is the appearance of a chalky white spot on the surface of a tooth. The hard covering of a tooth is called enamel and this is a sign that the erosion process has started.
- Slowly, the enamel starts to decay and it spreads to dentin. Dentin is a soft tissue below the hard covering of the tooth. Once the enamel is lost, it will not regenerate. You will notice a hollowness in your tooth.
- From the dentin, the decay reaches dentinal tubules which connected to the tooth's nerve in the gums. This is when you start feeling a terrible toothache.
- Your breath smells sour.
- There is a foul taste in your mouth.
- There are severe cases where the infection spreads throughout the mouth and other parts of the body's tissue.
Treatment for Tooth Decay
A tooth decay can easily be prevented by brushing your teeth daily, flossing and not eating too many sweets. Here are your options if you ever find yourself afflicted with tooth decay.
If you have not been affected by tooth decay, take care of your teeth well. As an adult, you get only one set. And visit your dentist regularly for a checkup to ensure tooth decay has not set in!
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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