Tooth Decay is a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of the teeth that develops into tiny openings or holes. Tooth Decay, also known as cavities, is caused by a combination of factors including bacteria in the mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sweet drinks and not cleaning the teeth properly. Some of the common signs of Tooth Decay include tooth sensitivity, visible holes in the teeth, pain while biting, toothache and many more.
HOW IS TOOTH DECAY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of tooth decay is done by a dentist through an oral examination. Post this, the dentist may also do an X-ray.
HOW IS TOOTH DECAY TREATED?
In adults, dentists can apply sealants on molars that have early signs of tooth decay, as long as the decay has not broken through the enamel. Once the enamel has been irreversibly compromised, your dentist will have to fill the tooth. In more serious cases, a root canal may be necessary.
In children, both baby molars and permanent molars can be sealed. Dentists can also apply fluoride varnish on both primary and permanent teeth to protect them from decay.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tooth Decay is among the world’s most common health problems.