Tooth Decay: 5 Common Symptoms & Tips to Avoid It!

If you’re suffering from minor discomfort in your mouth, it’s time for you to visit your dentist, as it could well be tooth decay. Though the initial symptoms of tooth decay are gentler, if left untreated, it could cause a lot of pain, risk infection, and even tooth loss.

Tooth decay happens when there is damage caused by bacteria in your mouth to the surface of the tooth or enamel. It can lead to cavities that cause holes in your tooth. Regular dental care through teeth cleaning services can help prevent the damage from happening in the first place. However, if you’re suffering from tooth decay you should seek your dentist as soon as possible. With the new and improved technology available now for all fields of treatment, dentists today can help treat patients quite painlessly too. Read on for Tooth Decay: 5 Common Symptoms & Tips to Avoid It!

1. Treat Tooth Decay at Soonest

Following good dental hygiene regularly can help you keep your mouth and teeth healthy. It can prevent cavities, tooth decay, and other problems. There are a number of reasons that can lead to the formation of cavities or the erosion of your teeth. With this, you may need to have dental check-ups at your dental clinic for better dental care for preventing cavities and gum disease.

2. Sugary Food and Drink

One of the most common causes of tooth decay (and we are sure your grandmother and your dentist has warned you about it) is the consumption of sticky, sugary and foods and drinks. When you consume a lot of sugar, it produces more acid which leads to decay. When sugar is combined with plaque, it makes your teeth prone to this problem. You’ll want to avoid such sugary consumption to prevent cavities in the first place.

3. Improper Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene doesn’t only consist of brushing your teeth hurriedly in the morning. Proper brushing includes techniques and motions that help clean all your teeth along with the duration you should brush for, even down to the repetitions. It is preferred if you even brush your teeth after every meal. Oral hygiene can also include flossing which can help remove plaque formed between your teeth. (However top dentists continue to debate this!)

4. Unhealthy Habits

Unhealthy habits that cause tooth decay are not just about consuming sugar-loaded food and drinks. There are many other habits you may have that could be causing your teeth to decay. Not drinking enough water is one of them. A dry mouth also causes tooth decay as your mouth isn’t creating enough saliva to keep them ‘washed’. Smoking and chewing tobacco can stain the gums and teeth, eventually leading to tooth deterioration.

5. Avoid Tooth Decay with Timely Action

For most of us, the idea of a visit to the dentist is enough to give us the shivers. However, with more professional treatments available now, it is nowhere near the horror it used to be. In fact, treatments today can be done so quickly that you can even book an appointment with the dentist during your lunch break and be back to work without any discomfort right afterwards.

A healthy set of teeth ensures that we can consume good food (including fruits, some raw veggies, nuts, seeds etc.) with all the nutrients that we need for optimum health, without any discomfort to, as far as possible, secure our total wellbeing. Got something to say on the subject of tooth decay? Let us know in the comments below and join in the conversation on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson is an experienced freelance writer who specializes in food and nutrition. Working in fitness marketing previously gave her a good feel for the industry and since going freelance she has been able to explore her preferred topic areas such as diet types, nutrition and food. Outside of work, Jen enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her young family.

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