Tooth decay, which causes cavities, is one of the most common reasons children lose their teeth prematurely.
Cavities form due to bacteria build-up caused by food debris left behind when proper oral hygiene techniques are not practiced.
They gradually grow bigger if left untreated, and can threaten teeth and dental health.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
The primary cause of tooth decay is acid from bacteria. The acid that is formed when bacteria breaks down food debris or sugar on the tooth surface can later form plaque and cause more damage. Thus, a diet high in sugar is risky.
Everyone is at risk for cavities, including children. Some people have a higher chance of developing tooth decay.
The risk factors include:
- Too many sticky, sugary or acidic foods and beverages
- Failing to brush or floss daily
- Insufficient amount of fluoride
- Dry mouth
- Eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia
- Acid reflux disease resulting to stomach acid wearing down your tooth enamel
What are the Signs of Tooth Decay?
The signs of cavities depend on the severity of the decay. They include:
- Sensitive teeth
- Tooth pain
- Visible hole in your teeth
- Black or white staining on your teeth
How do I Prevent Tooth Decay?
As we always say, prevention is better than cure. At DonEast Supreme Dental, we strive to provide you with preventive measures to help you keep your smile complete and attractive.
Below are some of the effective ways to prevent tooth decay:
Proper dental hygiene
Since tooth decay is caused by plaque build-up from food debris, you need to remove it by regular brushing and flossing. You may also need to use fluoride mouthwashes.
Visit us today and discuss the proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as the appropriate toothpaste to use.
It is important to lessen your consumption of foods and beverages high in sugar including candies, cakes, and juices.
A diet composed of fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods helps prevent teeth and bone problems.
Smoking and Drinking
Smoking and drinking not only harm your overall health but also your teeth and mouth.
Some of the results of habitual smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are bad breath, gum disease, dry mouth, and tooth discolouration.
Dental Care at DonEast Supreme Dental
At DonEast Supreme Dental, we care for your gums as much as you do. We assure you of safe and high-quality materials and treatments.
Visit your Doncaster East dentist now!
DonEast Supreme Dental is conveniently located near Tunstall Square Shopping Centre and offers on-site parking for our patients.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance).
Doncaster East dentist serves local communities in Templestowe, Balwyn North, Doncaster, Doncaster Heights, Donvale, Mont Albert North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Kerrimuir, Blackburn North, Forest Hill, Nunawading, and Brentford Square.
GAP FREE – General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance)
*for new patients only
Call us at (03) 9842 1475 or visit us at 1062 Doncaster Road in Doncaster East today!
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- Offer payment plan such as Dentacare and Mysmileplan
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for Bupa (Platinum), NIB and CBHS
We are located near Tunstall Square Shopping Centre and offer on site parking for our patients.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)