Cavities form due to bacteria build-up from food debris left when you don’t brush your teeth.
They start as small patches and gradually grow bigger if left untreated.
Cavities don’t cause pain until they get bigger and spread into the sensitive parts of the tooth.
Causes of Tooth Decay
The main cause of tooth decay is acid. The acid forms when bacteria break down the food debris or sugar on the tooth surface.
This acid erodes the tooth enamel, forming plaque that causes more damage. Thus, a diet high in sugar is a risk factor.
Everyone is at risk for cavities, even children. But some people have a higher chance. The risk factors include:
- Too many sugary or acidic foods and beverages
- Poor oral hygiene routine, like failing to brush or floss daily
- Not getting enough fluoride
- Dry mouth
- Eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia
- Acid reflux disease that can result in stomach acid wearing down your tooth enamel
Signs of Tooth Decay
The signs of a cavity depend on the severity of the decay. They include:
- Sensitive tooth
- Tooth pain
- Visible hole in your teeth
- Black or white staining on your teeth
Prevention: Always Better than Cure
Just as we always say, prevention is always better than cure. At Deer Park Dental Surgery, we strive to provide you with preventive measures to help you maintain your smile, complete and shining.
Here are some of the common and effective ways to prevent cavity build-up:
Proper dental hygiene
Since tooth decay is caused by plaque build-up from food debris, you need to remove debris by daily brushing and flossing. You may also need to use fluoride mouthwashes.
Visit your Deer Park dentist and discuss the right brushing and flossing techniques as well as the appropriate toothpaste to use.
Since sugar is the main cause of bacteria in your mouth, it is important to decrease your consumption of foods high in sugar like candies, cakes, and juices.
A healthy diet composed of fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods helps prevent teeth and bone diseases.
Smoking and Drinking
Smoking and drinking not only harm your overall health but also your teeth and mouth. Some of the results of smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are bad breath, gum disease, dry mouth, and tooth discolouration.
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Care at Deer Park Dental Surgery
Dental care at Deer Park Dental Surgery is demonstrated to be effective and outstanding among dental clinics in the Deer Park area. We assure you of high-quality and safe materials.
If you have early signs of tooth decay, call (03) 9360 4417 or come and visit us at T097A Brimbank Shopping Centre Neale Road in Deer Park.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for HCF and NIB
We are located in a busy medical centre in Brimbank Shopping Centre with plenty of cafes and shops nearby.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)