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What Are the Signs of Tooth Decay and How Do I Make My Teeth Stronger?

February 26, 2022
Posted By: Edmond Dental Center
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What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay happens to many people, and it is a common oral health issue that dentists treat frequently.

For a dentist, treating cavities and tooth decay is a simple matter. Preventing cavities and tooth decay can be a little more troublesome.

Our teeth take in and lose minerals when we eat and drink. Foods like milk and mixed nuts provide minerals to help strengthen our teeth, while highly acidic drinks and foods weaken the enamel by taking those minerals away. In addition, sugary foods fuel the bacteria that often cause acid build-up in the mouth.

If the enamel doesn't get the opportunity to reabsorb minerals, then the damage the acid causes can lead to tooth decay. Bacteria start to rest in the decaying part of the tooth, producing more acid and weakening the enamel.

How Can I Make My Teeth Stronger?

The first step is always prevention. We recommend that our patients follow the recommended oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once. Use fluoride-containing toothpaste to help your teeth regain minerals.

In addition, be sure to visit your dentist for twice a year checkups and teeth cleanings. During these checkups, your dentist will monitor your oral health and look for signs of tooth decay.
Your dentist will treat cavities with fillings.

However, once a cavity forms, seeking treatment from your dentist in Edmond, OK is the only way to stop the cavity from growing and doing more damage to your tooth.

Catching a cavity when it is small will help prevent it from taking over the tooth and doing more damage. Special treatments like fluoride treatment may help strengthen teeth to help slow down and prevent further decay of teeth.

What Are the Signs of Tooth Decay?

Often, tooth decay goes unnoticed. If there are signs, you may not experience them until it is well-advanced. Sensitivity, pain, and dark pits can all indicate the presence of tooth decay. The best way to learn whether you have a cavity or not is to visit your Edmond dentist regularly.

Schedule Tooth Cavity Treatment in Edmond, OK

If you have cavities that you would like teated or suspect that your teeth are suffering from some degree of tooth decay, contact Edmond Dental Center today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Chandler, DDS

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