Dental decay can occur if plaque is left on your teeth without being effectively removed. Your teeth have a natural defence in their enamel coating but plaque weakens this, allowing acids in the sugary and starchy foods you eat to attack your teeth. Small holes or caries appear. These are extremely painful and can lead to extra problems without effective treatment. Dental decay is most common in children but can occur at any age.
If your diet is poor or you do not pursue a satisfactory oral health regime at home, you are at increased risk of dental decay. Sugary and starchy foods can be particularly dangerous for your teeth as they compromise the enamel and allow plaque to flourish. When plaques enters your teeth, nerves are affected and great pain results. Stopping dental decay is just another reason why it is important to eat a balanced diet. Brushing and flossing should always be done twice a day but by doing it after you’ve eaten sugary or starchy foods, you are giving yourself extra protection against dental decay
When you age your teeth are subjected to wear and tear over a lifetime of our teeth being in use. Thus dental decay becomes more likely the older you get. By avoiding smoking tobacco you can lessen your chances of suffering dental decay. The activity of smoking causes less saliva to be produced and plaque can survive as a result. It is important too to drink tap water as it is fortified with fluoride which helps protect your teeth from plaque.
Tooth ache might be a sign of dental decay as your nerves are attacked by plaque which enters the tooth through caries. You may find that you are experiencing bad breath or odd tastes in your mouth and eating drinking might become painful. Contact your Maldon dentist if you experience any of these symptoms. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.