Cavities Tooth decay is the result of tooth decay-tooth damage. Tooth decay affects the outer coating (called enamel) and an inner layer (called dentin) of a tooth.
What causes decay? When carbohydrate-containing foods (such as bread, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or sweets) remain on the teeth. Bacteria in your mouth convert it into acid. Bacteria, acids, food debris and your saliva combine to form plaque and attach to your teeth. The acid in the plaque dissolves the enamel and forms a hole called a cavity.
Many people think that only children can have tooth decay, but as they get older, changes in their mouths can make them adults. As you age, your gums will pull away from your teeth. They can also be pulled apart due to gum disease. This exposes the roots of the teeth to plaque. And if you eat a lot of sugary or high-carb foods, you’re more prone to tooth decay.
Older people sometimes rot around the edges of the stuffing. Older people often do a lot of dental work because they didn’t have fluoride or good oral care when they were young. Over the years, these fillers have weakened and broken teeth. Bacteria accumulate in the gaps and cause decay.
How do I know if I have one?
Your dentist will find tooth decay during regular dental inspections. He will explore your teeth, look for soft spots or use X-rays to check between your teeth.
If you have tooth decay for a period of time, you may have a toothache, especially after eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold. Sometimes you see dimples or holes in your teeth.
Treatment depends on the severity of the cavity. Most commonly, dental drills remove rotten parts of the teeth. He filled the holes with a filler made of a silver alloy, gold, porcelain or composite resin. These materials are safe.
Concerns have been raised about amalgam-based fillers called amalgam, but the American Dental Association, the FDA, and other public health agencies say they are safe. Allergies to fillings are rare.
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