Recognizing the Early Signs of Tooth Decay

Once your adult teeth arrive, they are the only set of teeth your body will produce. It’s important to take the best care of them that you can so they last a long time. In addition to brushing, flossing, and regular professional dental checkups, it’s important to know the early signs of tooth decay so that you can get treatment before it gets worse.

At Morning Dental, highly respected dentists Bao Nguyen DDS and Michael Florman DDS make dental care easy and comfortable for you and your family. From routine checkups and cleanings to fillings and crowns, Drs. Nguyen and Florman and their skilled staff provide you with top notch dental care services that preserve your teeth and your smile. 

What is tooth decay?

The outer layer of your teeth is made of enamel, the strongest material in your body. This special material protects the softer inner areas of your tooth from being damaged due to injury or decay.

However, there are bacteria that live in your mouth that feed off the sugars in the food and drinks that you consume. These bacteria produce acids that eat away at your teeth enamel, causing tiny holes called cavities. If caught early, cavities can be treated with fillings, saving you from discomfort and preserving your tooth.

Over time, the bacteria in your mouth form a sticky substance called plaque that clings to your teeth, further trapping bacteria and leading to more decay. Regular brushing and flossing removes the plaque while it is still soft and hasn’t bonded to your teeth. 

However, if left on your teeth, over time the plaque will harden into tartar, a tough material that you cannot remove by brushing and flossing. If not removed by a dental professional, this tartar can provide a space for bacteria to multiply and cause significant decay of your teeth over time, leading to serious dental issues.

Recognizing the early signs of tooth decay

If not treated early, tooth decay can cause the loss of your tooth, or even more serious dental issues. It’s important to see your dentist when you experience any of the early signs of tooth decay, which include:

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist to get a checkup. They can find the source of the problem and treat it, saving you from being in pain, and saving your tooth from more serious decay. 

Regular checkups allow your dentist to thoroughly clean your teeth and then examine them for early signs of decay that you may not have noticed. X-rays also allow your dentist to find cavities or other damage while it is still quite small. 

To set up an appointment with our dentists, call the office that is nearest you, or use our online booking system to find a date and time that works for your schedule. 

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