Types of Dental Decay

Overexposure to sugar, infrequent or poor cleaning, lack of fluoride treatments and family history of dental disease are all causes of dental decay. Types of dental decay vary depending on age and the number of fillings you have. Frequent visits to a dentist can help protect your teeth from decay and stop existing cavities from getting worse.

  1. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

    • Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when tooth enamel is destroyed by sugars in milk and juice. Babies that sleep with bottles in their mouths frequently experience this type of tooth decay. Parents can prevent early cavities by taking away the bottle before bedtime and brushing their child's teeth daily.

    Root Caries

    • Root caries, or cavities, develop in the exposed roots of adult teeth. Roots are exposed when adults brush too hard or have periodontal disease; bacteria enter the root and decay the tooth from underneath. Prevent cavities by brushing gently and daily as well as receiving fluoride treatments from your dentist.

    Dry Mouth

    • Xerostomia, or dry mouth, occurs in many adults as they age. Many medicines also cause dry mouth. The lack of saliva allows bacteria to grow freely in the mouth, causing tooth decay and bad breath. Prevent dry mouth by changing dosages or medications. You can also fight bacteria with frequent brushing and mouthwash.

    Filling Decay

    • Bacteria can quickly get between filling cracks or poorly constructed crowns. Once the bacteria enter, they decay the tooth and begin to destroy the filling. Consult your dentist immediately if you notice a crack in your filling or experience pain in your dental work.

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