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Decay and Erosion

Dental decay (or cavities) is a disease affecting your mouth wherein a bacterial infection causes damage to the hard structures in your teeth.

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Dental decay develops when the carbohydrates from the food we eat if left on the teeth for any period of time. These sugas feed the decay causing bacteria in the mouth, allowing them to grow, multiply, and produce acid. This acid then attacks the teeth, causing mineral loss. In the very early stages, this is reversible; but further down the track the acid can lead to the formation of deeper cavities that will require restoration.

If decay is left untreated it can reach the nerve tissue of the tooth. In these severe cases you are often only left with two options - tooth extraction or root canal treatment. This is why it is important to brush twice a day, floss and have regular checkups ( about every six months as recommended by the Australian Dental Association) and professional cleans.

Dental Erosion 

Dental erosion is a problem that is becoming more prevalent as a result of changing dietary habits. Erosion is the loss of tooth structure due to exposure to acids, which makes your teeth soft.The major sources of these eroding acids are:

  • Sugary drinks (including soft drinks, many fruit juices and energy drinks
  • Digestive acids travelling up the oesophagus, typically during bouts of vomiting or from acid reflux

These acids can gradually erode enamel from the teeth, leading to things like the loss of the tooth’s natural shape, or premature exposure of the dentine (the internal part of the tooth). Erosion will also result in increased tooth sensitivity, making the teeth more susceptible to problems like cavities. Your dentist will look out for erosion and wear of the teeth as part of your regular dental examination.

If you would like any further information about decay or erosion please don’t hesitate to contact us - one of our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you out.

 

 

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