Tooth Decay

Sun-Park Dental

Dentists located in Rocklin, CA

No one wants to get a cavity, but nonetheless, it’s rare for someone to floss every day and many people don’t brush correctly — or enough — to keep their teeth clear of the bacteria that cause tooth decay. And even with the best care at home, you still need professional cleanings to clear bacteria and plaque from the places you can’t reach. At Sun-Park Dental in Rocklin, California, Drs. Minh Nguyen and Thanh-Truc Nguyen provide expert dental care and cleaning to protect your teeth from tooth decay. If you’re due for a dental checkup, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Tooth Decay Q & A

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is the term for the damage to your tooth enamel and interior of your teeth when too much bacteria is present. It leads to cavities and damage to the interior of your tooth and contributes to the development of gingivitis and gum disease.

Tooth decay may or may not cause any symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to have dental check-ups every six months. Some decay is only detectable with X-rays and other diagnostic tools like DIAGNOdent™.

Tooth decay can cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Holes or pits
  • Brown or black staining

What causes tooth decay?

Bacteria live on your teeth and feed on sugar and starch that’s left behind after you eat. Brushing and flossing after meals can help control the amount of bacteria in your mouth and prevent tooth decay.

However, even with the best at-home dental hygiene, the bacteria can still multiply and start to produce plaque, a sticky substance that can harden and make your teeth even harder to clean. Routine dental cleanings help clear bacteria and any plaque or tartar from your teeth that you can’t remove at home.

If your teeth are overcrowded, it can be more challenging to keep your teeth clean. Also, if you consume high sugar or starchy foods, debris may cling to your teeth and fuel your bacteria growth.

How can I prevent tooth decay?

The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and that you floss your teeth at least once every day. You should also have a check-up and professional dental cleaning every six months.

Why is it important to take care of my teeth?

Taking care of your teeth not only prevents tooth decay, but also reduces your risk of developing gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Also, maintaining good oral health has a direct correlation to your overall health and well-being. For example, if you have painful teeth or have lost your teeth, your diet will be limited to soft, easy-to-chew foods, which eliminates many of the fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins that comprise a healthy diet. A poor diet can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you’re due for a dental cleaning and check-up, call or schedule an appointment online today.