When it comes to the health of your teeth you can trust the dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork to make sure you are getting the proper care. That is why we want you to be informed when it comes to oral health. That is why we gathered some facts about tooth decay that you should be aware of.
- Tooth decay is an infectious process caused by acid-producing bacteria. Your risk for decay can be assessed with a simple test for specific bacterial activity.
- Tooth decay is one of the most common of all diseases, second only to the common cold.
- Tooth decay causes pain, suffering and disability for millions of Americans each year — even more disturbing, tooth decay is preventable.
- Restricting sugar intake is important in preventing tooth decay. Your total sugar intake should be less than 50 grams a day (about ten teaspoons) including sugars in other foods.
- If it is not treated, in extreme and rare cases tooth decay can cause death. Infection in an upper back tooth can spread to the sinus behind the eye, from which it can enter the brain and cause death.
- Three factors are necessary for tooth decay to occur: susceptible teeth, acid producing bacteria and a diet rich in sugars and refined carbohydrates.
- Fluoride incorporated into the tooth structure protects teeth against decay by making the enamel more resistant to acid attack.
- Sealants — sealing the nooks and crannies in newly erupted teeth, stops bacterial collection where a toothbrush can’t reach. Teeth with sealants have been shown to remain 99 percent cavity-free over six years.
Knowing the facts about tooth decay can help you in preventing it. With proper oral care and regular checkups with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork you can be better prepared against tooth decay.