Tooth decay often starts off as minor and small but if nothing is done about it at your local dentists, it can escalate and the worst case scenario may be tooth extraction or gum disease. If you are suffering from tooth decay, we urge you to get in touch with us today so that we can check our availability and book you as soon as possible. Call us today directly on 020 8942 8943! Tooth decay is caused when patients’ consume food in high sugars on a regular basis. As a result of excessive sugar intake, this leads to a build-up of plaque and bacteria which then leads to tooth decay. Inconsistent brushing and flossing can also contribute to the problem and make tooth decay significantly worse.
Detecting Tooth Decay
Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes the tooth looks healthy. By taking an x-ray your dentist will be able to see whether you have any decay under the enamel, any possible infections in the roots, or any bone loss around the tooth.
You should visit your dentist as often as your dentist has recommended as detecting decay at an early stage can prevent excessive tooth damage and when cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat.
Tooth decay is damage to the tooth, often caused by dental plaque. If you’re looking for clear indicators and symptoms of tooth decay, it’s important to visit your local dental hygienists at Westbury Dental Care. If you suffer from toothache that is either continuous or comes with a sharp sudden pain, it’s likely you have tooth decay. Tooth sensitivity – where you feel tenderness or pain – will also be prominent when drinking something hot, cold or sweet. Other symptoms to look out for may include unpleasant tastes in your mouth, bad breath or black spots appearing on your teeth.
What can dental hygienists do?
Our dental hygienists offer scale and polish treatments every 6-12 months for patients that want to keep on top of their overall dental health and look after their teeth in the best way possible. When you see us, we will also provide dental check-ups so that we are able to intervene if we see any clear signs of tooth decay. This is important because the earlier we spot tooth decay, the more chance we have of preserving the tooth.
Furthermore, we will also teach and demonstrate key dental hygiene techniques and practices such as brushing daily and flossing. We can also introduce interdental brushing to new patients that provides a whole array of benefits for oral hygiene and helps you go that extra mile to reduce the build-up plaque, and therefore tooth decay.
If tooth decay has already escalated and is in the later stages, we may recommend dental fillers such as dental amalgam fillings or tooth coloured fillings. Dental Amalgam Fillings are highly durable, long-lasting and are still one of the best fillings available to this day. They are particularly beneficial for patients that have high risk of tooth decay and they are also really cost-effective, in comparison to alternate fillings.
Protecting your child’s teeth
Children are highly likely to suffer from tooth decay and therefore, establishing good eating habits and limiting sugar drinks or snacks can go a long way towards avoiding the condition. From an early age, we also recommend getting children used to regular visits to the dentist for best practices and to form positive associations. Our dental hygienist services are also available to children and we try and make them as pleasant, educational and fun as possible!
Contact Westbury Dental Care
Come and visit our dental hygienists today if you are suffering from tooth decay. Our hygienists can perform a thorough examination and offer the relevant treatments or advice to reduce the pain and prevent tooth decay from recurring.