If the outer layer of your tooth is slowly worn down, you are suffering from what is known as tooth decay. Decay can affect all ages and can destroy your smile and the hard work you put into it. Numerous factors are associated with tooth decay, and they need to be treated to ensure a tooth can continue to thrive.
Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of oral health damage. Although it is relatively common, it is very serious and needs to be treated as much as possible. If your enamel is slowly worn down to the point that a hole has formed, a cavity will be present. If left untreated, it can lead to severe infections and even tooth loss.
One of the most common forms of tooth decay is due to plaque buildup in your mouth. Plaque buildup is a thin layer of debris and bacteria that most often arises due to poor oral hygiene. If left untreated, it can convert harmful substances such as sugars into acids that eat through your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Thus, it is important to always make sure you clean out your mouth whenever possible, including after meals and during the day. To accomplish this, brush and floss daily. Don’t forget to visit your dentist for bi-annual professional cleanings and routine check-ups as needed.
If you are looking to restore your smile and eliminate tooth decay, contact Dr. Nancy Urquiola and our team at Urquiola Dental Center PC. Contact us by calling 734-973-7450 to set up a reservation to see us at our office in Ann Arbor, Michigan.