What Is Tooth Decay And How Big Of A Problem Is It?
Maybe it isn’t a surprise to some of you, but according to the CDC, 9 out of every 10 adults has some measurable form of tooth decay.
Tooth decay is damage to your teeth from acidic buildup that eats away at the enamel of a tooth. Once in progress, it leads to a hole inside of the tooth, commonly called a cavity, which can lead to more decay, infection and possibly a loss of the tooth if not treated properly. This is why it is important to see your dentist regularly. Regular visits help your dentist identify the kind of problems and treat them before they become too severe.
Some Symptoms Of Tooth Decay
How do you know you’re experiencing tooth decay?
- Toothache or sensitivity
- Pain or bitterness when eating or drinking things that are hot or cold
- Surface stains on the teeth
- Pain when biting
The Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Tooth Decay
Besides regular dental visits, it’s important that you take a matter of responsibility for keeping your teeth strong and healthy into your own hands. This can be achieved by some very common practices.
- Brush at least twice a day (when you wake up and directly after dinner are the best times)
- Floss regularly
- Maintain a nutritious diet and limit the intake of sugary or acidic snacks and drinks
- See your local dentist for regular check-ups
- Drink water (the CDC has called fluoridation of water one of the 10 top achievements of the 20th century and linked it to a drop in tooth decay)
- Don’t smoke (this not only makes you healthier, but it keeps your teeth stronger)
How Can We Help You?
This is the kind of care we love to provide as a locally owned Dentistry serving the oral healthcare needs of Kenosha, Paddock Lake, and the surrounding communities. Don’t let a toothache become too severe. Just stopping in for a simple teeth cleaning can stop it from turning into a costly, painful nightmare.
Build your relationship with Dr. Fulmer and our entire dental team by contacting us today.