Tooth Decay is a very common reason to visit your dentist, but what exactly is tooth decay? This refers to the damage or decay of the outer surface of the tooth. This occurs usually be bacteria and comes in stages. When a tooth starts to decay, you may notice white chalky build upon the surface of the tooth. If you notice this on your teeth, get an appointment with your dentist right away as it can be reversed if it’s caught early enough. As the decay moves into stage 2 the enamel begins to break down and as it continues into stage 3 the dentin will begin to decay. As the decay progresses the pain can become quite awful so you will want to get to a dentist as quickly as possible.
Stage of Tooth Decay:
Stage 1: Chalky white build up on tooth surface
Stage 2: Decay of Enamel
Stage 3: Decay of the Dentin
Stage 4: The pulp of the tooth becomes infected and painful
Stage 5: Formation of abscess
Stage 6: Loss of tooth
What is an Abscess?
An abscessed tooth is caused by an infection that spreads to the root of the tip. Bacteria invade the pulp chamber as well as blood vessels and nerves. The bacteria continue to multiply and spread to the root and then to the bone. This process can happen very quickly and it’s very important to get to your doctor ASAP.
Ways To Prevent Tooth Decay:
- Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste morning and night
- Make regular dental appointments for cleanings, exams, and x-rays
- Use a fluoride mouth rinse
- Limit sugary foods
- Talk to your dentist about things you can do
If you suspect that you are experiencing Tooth Decay and are in need of a dentist, Dr. Reese can help! We will work hard to get you an appointment quick. Learn more about decaying teeth.
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