Tooth Decay is caused by a number of factors – mostly the frequency of sugar in your mouth. The Edinburgh and Perth based experts at Cherrybank Dental Spa are here to help advise you on the best methods of avoiding tooth decay
Certain bacteria in your mouth feed off the sugar to produce acid which can then dissolve the hard enamel and allows bacteria to invade the softer, inner portion of your tooth.
Like gum disease, tooth decay is often painless and can occur very slowly.
Fluoride in toothpaste combines with the enamel of your tooth to make it less soluble in acid and therefore more resistant to decay.
However, this can also mean that the outside of the tooth can look healthy even when there is tooth destruction underneath.
This is why our dentists prescribe regular necessary radiographs (xrays) so that we can detect these ‘hidden’ lesions. Our hygienists can also utilise the latest scanning technology, developed by the University of Dundee, the CarieScan which can detect very early tooth decay that can then be treated preventively.
If decay is untreated, it can progress through to infect the nerve chamber and cause irreversible damage and death of the tooth.
Some tooth decay can cause symptoms of sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all.
Our hygienists can also recommend preventive strategies for the individual, which can include the use of stronger fluoride, sugar-free chewing gum to stimulate the protective response of the saliva, dietary changes and mouthwashes.
For more information about our Teeth Decay treatments, contact the dental spa team at Cherrybank today
Last updated September 5th, 2018