Tooth decay is a common problem that occurs when acids in your mouth dissolve the outer layers of your teeth.
Some further information:
|Decay is caused by sugar in our diet|
|Bacteria present in most peoples saliva breakdown this sugar|
|As the sugar is broken-down, it releases acid|
|This acid eventually penetrates the tooth surface|
|Once the surface if the tooth is penetrated, further bacteria enter the tooth and ‘eat away’ the tooth from the inside|
|The earlier decay is diagnosed, the more straight forward the treatment|
|Early decay almost always causes no symptoms|
|Decay in the latter stages produces sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods|
|As decay moves closer to the nerve of the tooth (called pulp) it may cause pain, but this is not always the case|
|Once the decay causes toothache, it will either require removal or a root canal treatment, it is therefore important patients attend regularly for dental check ups|
|At your check up, your Dentist can offer helpful advice, identify any areas of concern or diagnose any problems as early as possible|
|Before decay causes pain, it can usually be repaired with a filling.|
Please see the video below that explains the decay process:
You can see how to prevent decay on our advice and information section.