Your mouth contains a very efficient food processing system. Every time you take a bite of an apple, your teeth work together to tear, grind and crush the fruit. Each type of tooth performs an imp ...View Article
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Tooth decay is a general disease of the teeth. It occurs when the bacteria in your mouth creates acids that interact with the plaque on your teeth to eat away at the tooth. If this is allowed to progress, a cavity forms, which can be painful and lead to tooth loss or infection.
The primary causes of tooth decay include
While tooth decay isn't a good thing, a little bit of tooth decay isn't a lost cause. If you are treated by a dentist early, you can catch tooth decay early before it becomes a cavity. It is recommended to have a dental exam twice per year.
Your experience at the dentist is about more than checking for tooth decay or cavities, complete dentistry involves many things. It's about prevention and total mouth care including the tongue, cheeks, gums, jaw, and neck. It will also include a cleaning by the dental hygienist and may include X-rays and a possible oral cancer screening.
Whether you are due for a dental check-up or are noticing signs of tooth decay, at Kitchener East Family Dental, we provide a thorough examination and provide you with individualized advice for dental care at home and in the office. Contact us at 519-578-2419 in Kitchener, Ontario to schedule an appointment.