Tooth decay is the deterioration of your tooth’s enamel (the hard, outer layer of your teeth.) Anyone who has teeth can suffer from tooth decay, including small children, teens, and adults.
A sticky film of bacteria called plaque, is constantly building up on your teeth. When you eat sugary foods, the bacteria in the plaque feed on the sugar and create acids that stick to the tooth enamel. The acids eat away at the enamel over time, creating tiny holes in the teeth, known as cavities. If cavities go untreated, this is when decay will begin to set in.
Tooth decay most commonly sets in between two teeth and the grooves of the back teeth where it’s difficult for your toothbrush to reach. Decay can also happen along the gum line and can even continue to form beneath the gums. This is why you should be brushing your gums at the same time you brush your teeth!
There are a few things that can increase your susceptibility to tooth decay. These things include:
The treatment for tooth decay will depend on how advanced the decay has become. The sooner you get treatment the better!
Below are a few ways you can protect yourself from developing tooth decay:
If you suffer from any of the tooth decay risk factors and would like to make an appointment, please contact SpringRock Dental today! Our local Aurora dental office is proud to serve dental patients from the Aurora, Denver, Lowery, Montclair, Aurora Highlands, Stapleton, and Utah Park. Our Aurora family dentist is an expert genral dentist who looks forward to caring for you and your family. See why our dentist in Aurora makes a difference today!