Even when you do everything you can to safeguard the health of your teeth and gums, there are some types of diseases so sneaky you will not know about them until you pay your dentist a visit. Dental decay is one of them.
Although this does not necessarily mean you should no longer take care of your teeth if at-home maintenance will not work against tooth decay, it just highlights the importance of regular dental check-ups. Do not allow yourself to fall into the temptation of delaying starting your search for prospective Sioux Falls dentists: this will come with a price.
The Onset of Tooth Decay
Most people do not notice tooth decay because of its sneakiness. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research defines this condition as the result of an infection due to some types of bacteria present in the mouth that turn sugars into acids.
Almost everything that you eat and drink contains a little bit of sugar, and so every time you consume these foods, you give the bacteria in your mouth more opportunities to create these acids. This is when the onset of tooth decay takes place.
The Decay Process
Sticky film-like, bacteria-filled plaque forms on all the surfaces of the teeth and over time, it will weaken the enamel (the hard layer protecting the teeth). When enamel dissolves, the decay will continue to eat up all the tooth’s layers, until holes and severe cavities develop.
Preventing, Reversing and Treating Tooth Decay
It is very important for you to understand that tooth decay is preventable, as long as you do your part at home or at the office and always regularly visit your dentist. Your dentist has all the right tools and equipment that can detect even the tiniest area of enamel erosion. Upon its discovery, your dentist will then create the right reversion or treatment program and help you prevent it from happening on your other teeth.
As you can see, the only way to stop this very sneaky disease is through the combination of proper at-home/office care and the expertise of an oral health care provider.