Tooth Decay is a common thing but what causes it is equally interesting.
Acid is made when bacteria in your mouth eat what is left in your mouth. When this acid hits your teeth and remain on there, it begins the process of eating away at your teeth. If not treated, it can cause pain, infection and potentially teeth loss or death.
How does it eat away at my teeth?
Your teeth are made up of 3 layers. The hard plastic looking outer shell is called Enamel. It is used to protect the dentin which in the inner layer. The middle layer is called Dentin which is made of cementum that covers the roots and nerves. The 3rd layer is made of nerves and blood vessels that give you the sensitive and feeling of the tooth.
What causes tooth decay?
When food is stuck in the teeth, bacteria is attached to this source of nourishment and they create acid that attacks the outer Enamel, eating away at this layer. The bacteria is found in the clear, stick substance called plague. It forms around the teeth and gums and these bacteria feeds on sugars you eat. This acid is emitted after every meal for 20 minutes which destroys the enamel and the dentin revealing the nerves and blood cells inside the tooth.
Things that cause tooth decay:
- Not brushing your teeth
- Eating Foods high in sugar
- Not getting enough fluoride in your teeth
- Not having enough saliva
- Having Diabetes
How do I combat plague and tooth decay?
Cleaning your teeth is the best way to combat tooth decay. Flossing your teeth is a great way also. Also make sure that you get a regular check up with your dentist.
If are due for a check up or have tooth decay, why not have the painless experts at McCloy Dental help you with your teeth.
Contact McCloy Dental Surgery to make your appoint to combat tooth decay and other teeth troubles.