Dental Problems

What is a Dental Decay?

Formation of cavities and holes in the teeth due to bacteria is called dental decay. It is one of the most common dental ailments that can occur at any age and time. One form of this decay is found in nursing infants, medically referred as nursing caries. If left untreated, it progressively reaches deeper sections of the teeth.

What is a Dental Decay?

Dental decay describes a condition wherein the tooth breaks down forming a cavity. It all starts with a opening in tooth enamel, this is due a variety of harsh conditions. This makes the pulp and nerves in the root of the tooth sensitive leading to stimuli, gum problem, swelling and ultimately loss of tooth.

Causes of Dental Decay

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Unregulated diet consisting of sweet food and carbonated beverages
  • Worn out or bad dental fillings

Common Places to Find Dental Decay

  • Surfaces
  • Between the teeth
  • Pits
  • Gum line
  • Fissures in chewing surface of the tooth
  • Back teeth (molars and premolars)

Symptoms of Dental Decaying

  • Dental pain is the best common indicator
  • Foul inhalation and bad savor in your mouth
  • Colored spots on incisors teeth
  • Loose-fitting and fillings
  • Incisor that is sensitive to stress

and the ache will be severe when you

  • Chew the food
  • Gnaw food or gum
  • Brush the incisors fast
  • While having cold or hot food and beverages
  • Consume sweets

Prevention of Dental Decay

All these recommendations are given by American Dental Association

  • Brush the teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, brushing after each meal is best
  • Clean between your teeth daily with an inter-dental cleaner or by flossing
  • Eat a well balanced diet with all nutritional values

Treatment for Dental Decay

Depending on the requirements and conditions we can have

  • Fluoride Medications
  • Fillings
  • Casings
  • Root Canal treatment
  • Tooth extractions, if the condition gets out of hand

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