So your dentist has informed you that you suffer from tooth decay and you’re looking for a fast and easy way to cure what ails you? The truth is that there is no quick fix to tooth decay.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth form acids that eat away at the tooth. If tooth decay goes untreated it can result in cavities, gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease and tooth loss. The best way to fix tooth decay is to avoid it all together with preventative care.
This means keeping a strong home care routine that includes brushing twice-a-day, flossing every day, and utilizing fluoride on a regular basis.
Mild tooth decay can be reversed using a fluoride treatment. Cavities caused by tooth decay can be filled with another substance aptly called “fillings”. Severe tooth decay may require a crown or a painful root canal procedure.
Tooth decay that has developed in periodontal disease may necessitate a scaling procedure in which a dentist or dental hygienist goes beneath the gums to scrape plaque and bacteria.
To avoid tooth decay, avoid eating foods packed with sugar. The longer sugary food stays in the mouth, the more it is exposed to your teeth causing bacteria to feed and create acids. Culprits include soda pop, sugar-coated cereal, cake, cookies, caramel and taffy.  Perhaps the worst are tootsie pops and sugary bubble gum because it stays in the mouth for an extended period of time.
Young children are also more susceptible to tooth decay because the minerals in new teeth are not stable and easier for acids to eat away.
Additionally, individuals with diabetes have a weaker immune system to fight off bacteria which increases the risk of tooth decay.
For more information on how to treat and prevent tooth decay talk to your dentist during your next appointment!