We all do our best to keep our smile bright and shiny. Through the work of daily dental hygiene and regular trips to the dentist, it is easy to keep our smile healthy. But there may come a point where your dental appointment may reveal you’ve developed tooth decay. It may sound scary, but don’t worry – it can be prevented.
Tooth decay is the damage that results from bacteria acids in your mouth, eating away at the tooth. It is important to know that it is generally our habits that cause it, because it doesn’t happen overnight. Here are some contributors to tooth decay:
- Not brushing and flossing regularly
- Avoiding dental cleanings and check-ups
- Consuming high sugar foods, energy drinks, alcohol
- Lack of saliva production
If you have any of these habits, it is wise to try to conquer them, not only for your smile but for your overall health. Now that you know how it develops, let’s take a look at the warning signs:
- Swelling in the gums around the bad tooth
- Bad breath
- Continual bad taste in your mouth
- White, grey, brown or black spots on your teeth
Do you have any of these symptoms? If you think you do, it is important to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Tooth decay left untreated will only develop into more dental issues in the future. When you visit the dentist, they will also be able to tell you whether or not you’re prone to tooth decay. This way you can take measures to prevent it in the future.
If you would like more information regarding tooth decay, contact Berry Hill Dentistry at 516-921-1717 today. Or visit our website at www.berryhilldentistrypc.com for additional information.
Berry Hill Dentistry proudly serves Syosset, NY and all surrounding areas.