Tooth decay, or cavities, can cause pain, discolouration, and other dental issues if not treated right away. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take at home to help remove tooth decay and alleviate symptoms.
Here are a few simple tips to help you remove tooth decay yourself:
Visit your dentist: If you have tooth decay, the first and most important step is to visit a qualified dental professional. While it’s possible to address some of the symptoms at home to properly treat the decay and prevent it from spreading and causing further damage, a dental professional is needed for a proper examination and treatment.
Dental cavities, commonly known as tooth decay, are one of the most common chronic diseases among adults worldwide. Tooth decay is caused by bacterial infections, which can damage the enamel on the tooth surface, leading to cavities.
Tooth decay occurs when food and drinks containing carbohydrates such as sugars and starches (e.g. soft drinks, cakes, sweets, biscuits and fruit juices) are left on the teeth for long periods of time. Bacteria in the mouth combine with saliva to form a sticky film on the surface of the teeth known as plaque. Plaque then turns into acid, which attacks the teeth, causing tooth decay.
Other factors that can increase the risk of tooth decay include poor oral hygiene, lifestyle choices (e.g. smoking and not brushing teeth regularly), certain medicines, dry mouth, certain medical conditions, and drinking too much alcohol. Without treatment, tooth decay can lead to pain, infection and even tooth loss.
It is important to take preventive measures to help protect your teeth from tooth decay. These measures include regular visits to the dentist, brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, using floss or interdental brushes, using mouthwash, and avoiding sugary or acidic drinks and foods.
If you think you may have tooth decay, it is important to speak with your dentist. Your dentist can diagnose the problem, provide appropriate treatment and advise on preventive measures to help keep your teeth healthy.
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