Unusual Facts About Tooth Decay

Unusual Facts About Tooth Decay

Posted by Colorado Wellness Dentistry on Mar 31 2022, 09:10 AM

Tooth decay affects the enamel and dentin layer of the tooth as it destroys the tooth structure. It occurs when bacteria live in the mouth and digest leftover food particles containing carbohydrates. The bacteria when combined with acids, food debris, and saliva forms plaque. Plaque clings to the teeth and dissolves the enamel surface of teeth. It later creates holes in the teeth known as cavities. 

Facts Regarding Tooth Decay 

There are many facts regarding tooth decay. The following are some of them: 

  • -Tooth decay is caused by the foods and drinks we consume. Intake of too much sugar and starch generates plaque acids that later dissolve the enamel.
  • -The acid begins to break down the surface of the tooth if plaque is allowed to build up. This leads to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. 
  • -Processed foods and drinks contain added sugar that acts as a threat to the teeth. The chance of decay increases with the consumption of more sugar. 
  • -Tooth decay is most likely to occur at the biting surface or the surface between the teeth. 
  • -It is the most common of all diseases. It affects more than 90% of U.S adults aged over 40, one-fourth of children aged between two and five, half of those ages twelve to fifteen. 
  • -Though tooth decay is preventable, it causes pain, suffering, and disability for millions of Americans. 
  • -Tooth decay can even cause death in some extreme cases. Infection can spread to the sinus behind the eye when it occurs at the upper back tooth. It can eventually enter the brain and cause death. 
  • -Tooth decay is found in babies not because they are born with decay-causing bacteria in the mouth. It is because they are transmitted from mothers, caregivers, or any other family members through saliva.  

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is quite common but is preventable. Follow these steps to get rid of dental decay: 

  • -It is vital to brush your teeth thoroughly before going to bed with fluoride toothpaste. 
  • -The inner, outer, and biting surfaces of the teeth should be cleaned properly. For this, you need to floss. 
  • -It is recommended to visit the dentist once every six months to spot problems before they develop into serious issues. 

Schedule an appointment with Colorado Wellness Dentistry to know more about the factors that cause tooth decay. Visit us at 9085 E Mineral Cir #220, Centennial, CO 80112. Contact us at (303) 798-1068 or visit our website to book an appointment with us. 

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