Holes form due to bacteria build-up from food debris left when you don’t brush your teeth thoroughly.
Cavities start as small patches and gradually spread and grow bigger if ignored. Cavities don’t cause pain until they get worse and spread to other parts of the tooth.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
The primary cause of tooth decay is acid from bacteria. The acid that is formed when bacteria break down the food debris or sugar on the tooth surface can later form plaque and cause more damage. Thus, a diet high in sugar is risky.
Everyone is at risk for cavities, including children. But some people have a higher risk.
The risk factors include:
- too much sugary or acidic foods and beverages
- poor oral hygiene routine
- not getting enough fluoride
- dry mouth
- eating disorders
- acid reflux disease that can result in stomach acid
Signs of Tooth Decay
The signs of cavities depend on the severity of the decay.
- sensitive teeth
- tooth pain
- visible hole in your teeth
- black or white staining on your teeth
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
At Preston Supreme Dental we often say that prevention is better than cure. At Preston Supreme Dental, we strive to provide you with preventive measures to help you maintain your smile, keeping it complete and attractive.
Here are some of the effective ways to prevent tooth decay:
Proper dental hygiene
Tooth decay is caused by plaque build-up from food debris. That’s why you need to remove the causes of plaque by daily brushing and flossing.
You may also need to use mouthwashes with fluoride. Visit your Preston dentist and discuss the right brushing and flossing techniques, as well as the appropriate toothpaste to use.
Since sugar is the primary cause of bacteria in your mouth, it is important to lessen your consumption of foods and beverages high in sugar including candies, cakes, and juices.
A healthy diet composed of fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods helps prevent teeth and bone problems.
Smoking and Drinking
Smoking and drinking harm your teeth and mouth as well as your overall health. Some of the effects of smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are bad breath, gum disease, dry mouth, and tooth discolouration.
Dental Care at Preston Supreme Dental
Dental care at Preston Supreme Dental is demonstrated to be effective and outstanding among dental clinics in the Preston area. We assure you of safe and high-quality materials and treatments.
Visit your Preston dentist today!
GAP FREE – General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays, and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance)
*for new patients only
If you have early signs of tooth decay, call us on (03) 9478 7708 or visit us at 243 Murray Road in Preston.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for NIB, CBHS and HCF
We are located across Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)