Tooth decay manifests itself by attacking the tooth’s enamel and it’s underlying band of dentin.
Early signs might be a particularly sensitive tooth, perhaps an unfamiliar more than likely unpleasant taste in your mouth, discolouring on your tooth or just a general toothache. If left untreated these symptoms will get worse and could lead to tooth loss or root canal treatment.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is preventable. having a healthy mouth is very much achievable for every one of us. So what can you do to avoid tooth decay and maintain a healthy mouth?
- Brush your teeth regularly, every night before bed and at least once during the day, preferably more than once during the day if possible.
- The type of toothpaste you use is important too. Make sure that is is at least a 1450ppm fluoride paste.
- Don’t eat or drink so much sugary foods and drinks. Simple but hugely affective and just generally a good tip.
- After you brush your teeth, try not to rinse your mouth with water immediately, this allows the fluoride paste to stay on your teeth for longer.
Fluoride Tooth Paste
The type of toothpaste you use is very important as is its’ fluoride level. Generally fluoride pastes come in at 1450ppm, however if you are suffering with tooth decay or problems with your mouth, your dentist may prescribe you a higher level of paste. Some of the reasons your dentist may prescribe you higher levels is;
- You might be on medication that contains sugar.
- Cancer treatment patients
- Orthodontic treatment patients
- Patients with excessively high sugar intake in their diets
- Those with poor oral hygiene