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Tooth decay is one of the world’s most common health problems, especially among children, teens and elderly adults. Tooth decay is a degenerative oral health condition resulting from the breakdown of tooth enamel. This destruction of the structure of your tooth associated with the tooth decay often leads to the development of holes in your teeth, known as cavities. Seeking treatment from the Riverwalk Dental Group in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, and Stuart, FL can help to prevent further decay which will affect the deeper layer of your teeth.
Many of the foods you eat may contain sugars and starches. Your mouth naturally contains bacteria, but when you eat sugary and starchy foods they leave a coating, known as plaque, on your teeth. This plaque combines with the bacteria and acids in the mouth, which eventually eat away at the tooth enamel, which leads to tooth decay. As the teeth decay, it leads to cavities (holes in the teeth), which further damages the teeth and gums.
Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which develops as plaque forms on the teeth. Plaque that remains on your teeth can harden above and/or under your gum line, forming tartar. The tartar makes it more difficult to remove plaque as well as creates a shield for bacteria, preventing you from removing it with regular brushing. Once the enamel has worn away from the teeth, the acid and bacteria find their way into the next layer of your teeth, known as the dentin, which is a softer layer of your teeth, so it is less resistant to bacteria and acid. As the decay continues to worsen, the bacteria and acid work their way through and into the inner layer of teeth, which is the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves, which becomes swollen and irritated from the bacteria, causing pain in the root and bone of your teeth.
When it comes to tooth decay, there are a number of treatment options available from the Riverwalk Dental Group in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, and Stuart, including fluoride treatments, fillings, crowns, root canals and tooth extractions. The type of treatment necessary to fix the problem depends on the severity of the decay and treatment may require one or a combination of treatments. Prevention is the best treatment for tooth decay, so it is essential to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.
To schedule an appointment for your dental exam, contact the Riverwalk Dental Group in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, and Stuart, FL.