Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in the mouth produce acid, which damages the enamel. When this happens, the tooth develops a hole (a cavity). Untreated tooth decay can cause toothache, infection, or tooth loss.
Everyone should learn how to prevent tooth decay. Here are the early signs of tooth decay and what to do when you notice them.
Many people brush aside tooth sensitivity as a minor dental problem. They assume that this problem will go away on its own. Others avoid intaking hot or cold foods and beverages to avoid tooth sensitivity.
Unfortunately, it’s a huge mistake to ignore tooth sensitivity as it can signify tooth decay. The sensitivity might be due to damaged enamel. So, if you suffer from tooth sensitivity, you should see a dentist to know the cause.
Tooth decay will often cause small holes in your teeth in the early stages. So, it will help if you frequently watch out for visible cavities in your mouth. However, you might miss out on the small holes in your molars. Your best bet to detect tooth decay at an early stage is to invest in regular dental checkups.
Do your gums bleed each time you brush or floss your teeth? If they do, there’s a chance you have gum disease. Sadly, the bacteria that causes bleeding gums (gum disease) can also cause tooth decay.
You will want to act fast if you notice blood in your mouth after brushing your teeth. See a dentist to learn more about the correlation between bleeding gums and tooth decay.
Chronic bad breath can be a sign of tooth decay. The bacteria that cause tooth decay emit a foul smell which leads to bad breath. So, observe good oral hygiene to prevent bacterial growth and tooth decay.
Tooth decay is a serious dental problem that can lead to tooth loss. Talk to our dentists today to learn more about tooth decay and how to prevent it.