Tooth decay is something we never want to hear we have, but is something that most of us will have at some point in our lives. But what is it? Tooth decay is the damage that results from bacteria acids in your mouth, eating away at the tooth. More than just knowing what it is, it is important to be aware of what habits we may have that is causing the tooth decay. This way, so you can change any bad habits to avoid it. 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
While these seem to be everyday habits, it is important to know that tooth decay does not happen overnight. It can take weeks of build-up before your teeth actually develop decay. It is a process that ultimately leads to decay. If you know what signs to look for, you may be able to tell when you begin to develop these 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
It is imperative that you follow a proper daily dental regimen, and regular check-ups with Berry Hill Dentistry. This way, you will be able to have a professional let you know if you’re prone to tooth decay.
If you would like more information regarding proper oral hygiene, contact Berry Hill Dentistry at 516-921-1717 today. Or visit our website at www.berryhilldentistrypc.com for additional information.