Tooth decay is becoming more common especially as our lifestyles and diet change. Luckily, we can prevent the progression of dental decay with good oral hygiene and awareness of dietary habits.
Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in our mouth mixes with the foods that we eat. The bacteria produce toxins and acids. Given time, the acids will attack the tooth surface and cause a cavity or hole in your tooth. Tooth decay doesn't always cause discomfort, but it is important to detect decay in the early stages as it is generally easier and cheaper to treat. If left for too long, the tooth may require a root canal or extraction if the damage is extensive.
Early stage tooth decay may not be that obvious, but your friendly Banyo family dentists have the skills and equipment to detect any problems. At North Brisbane Family Dental we use high magnification, trans-illumination and digital x-rays to detect early stage decay.
Some common tips to prevent tooth decay include the use of a fluoridated toothpaste, drinking tap water, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, brushing and flossing daily and regular visits to the dentist.