Tooth decay, also called cavities or caries, is caused when a tooth or teeth are damaged from plaque build-up. To take that one step back, plaque build-up is a result of what you eat and drink and the bacteria in your mouth turning the sugars into acid. There are other contributing factors to tooth decay which we will discuss below.
In order to avoid long term damage to your teeth we at Holistic Dental recommend you see our conveniently located dentist in Melbourne cbd for a check-up and dental maintenance plan.
Catching tooth decay early is important for your dental health so we don’t recommend delaying an appointment if you are concerned that you have symptoms of tooth decay.
How do you know if you have tooth decay?
If you have any of the following symptoms, please make a time to have a dentist in Melbourne cbd at Holistic Dental assist you with your oral care:
=> Bad breath
Such things as smoking, eating garlic, onion, fish, dairy, spices, medications and dry mouth can cause bad breath as a more temporary condition. Poor oral hygiene and more serious health issues can cause bad breath along with dental decay.
This is a sure sign that something isn’t right. Any tooth pain that is consistent or sharp without any other reason may be a sign of tooth decay. When the tooth enamel (outer protective layer of the tooth) is damaged, the nerves can become exposed causing tooth pain.
=> Holes or tooth discolouration
Seeing brown, grey or black areas on your teeth which are usually apparent closer to the gum line is a sign you have tartar build up or more serious tooth damage. Holes or pits in your teeth are a sign of damage to your tooth.
=> Pain when Biting and Sensitivity
If you are finding it difficult to bite down without pain or your teeth are especially sensitive then your tooth enamel may be compromised.
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Holistic Dental urge you to make an appointment with us now if you are experiencing symptoms of tooth decay to prevent further on-going damage to both your teeth and your overall health. With our principal dentist having over 20 years experience and a caring team, we know you’ll be confident you are in the best hands.
Once we assess your oral health, we will recommend the most appropriate treatment for you and an ongoing maintenance plan to keep your dental health in tip top condition.
As always, maintain a dental routine at home of daily brushing and flossing. Remember to consume nutrient dense foods that strengthen teeth and drink plenty of water to assist in hydration and the production of saliva to minimise dry mouth.
Should you have any further questions about dental decay or how to maintain your oral health, we welcome you to call us on (03) 9662 2288.