Knowledge Foundation: Tooth Decay

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If you are suffering from tooth decay, it can lead to several other oral health risks. Tooth decay can slowly wear down your tooth enamel due to acids and plaque buildup in your mouth. As your tooth decay is easily worn down, it can give rise to holes in your tooth enamel known as cavities. If a cavity is present, bacteria can enter a tooth and cause pulp death. For this reason, it is best to set up prevention plans to ensure that tooth decay cannot continue to occur.

To minimize the risks of tooth decay that can lead to damage to your teeth and gums, you will want to make sure that you have effective treatment plans in place to limit any forms of plaque buildup that may arise. Plaque buildup is a significant contributor to tooth decay because it is a thin layer of debris and bacteria that can slowly wear down your tooth enamel. The way plaque works is that it can convert substances in your mouth into harmful acids that will chew through your tooth enamel. Furthermore, plaque has been known to contribute to gum disease. In order to lower your risk of several health ailments, eliminate plaque from your mouth.

By eliminating plaque buildup in your mouth, you can lower your risk for tooth decay. Furthermore, to keep your mouth safe, always brush twice-daily and floss once a day. In addition, you may want to use nonabrasive cleaning tools after eating,
including sugarless chewing gum and mouthwash. For additional help with your oral hygiene care, visit your dentist for professional cleanings every 6 months.

No matter the tooth decay treatments you are in need of, Dr. Austin Baker and our team at Grand Trails Dental are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up a tooth decay risk assessment exam at our dental office in Spring, Texas, please call us at 832-616-8822 to speak with a member of our team.