Tooth decay is present in millions of people around the world. It may be happening to your teeth right now without your knowledge. In some cases, a person may not know they have tooth decay until they feel pain or notice that they have bad breath even after brushing their teeth.
Can brushing prevent tooth decay?
Brushing and flossing regularly, coupled with regular visits to the dentist, may stop tooth decay. Brushing alone, or brushing and flossing, cannot. You need to see your dentist at least every six months to make sure your teeth do not rot.
How does it happen?
When you eat or drink, bacteria stay in the mouth, living on the debris and sugars stuck between your teeth. Acids formed by bacteria attack the enamel. Acids from drinks and food also contribute to the attack. After a while, plaque forms.
Plaque is difficult to remove. In the end, your teeth are damaged by the plaque that leads to tartar, which is even harder to remove. This leads to tooth decay. Tooth decay is typically painful and may lead to other health complications like gingivitis and even heart disease.
When you lose a tooth for whatever reason — tooth decay, an accident, etc. — your mouth is more vulnerable to attacks from the bacteria. It is easier for food particles to get stuck in the space where your lost tooth used to be. People who do not get a tooth replacement — such as a dental implant in Battersea, or dentures — are exposed to more complications.
Your diet affects your teeth. Those who like food and drinks high in sugar and acid are more likely to suffer tooth decay. How you take care of your teeth is a big contributor to this problem. If you do not take care of your teeth by brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly, your teeth may suffer.