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What is Tooth Decay?

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:

Tooth Decay

You can see how to prevent decay on our advice and information section.

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