Get your child away from tooth decay

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Congratulations because you are lucky to see this article. It will help you know more information about tooth decay for your children. So please read it carefully.

1. What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries). It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.

You can easily prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist for teeth cleaning and checkups or with the help of some dental equipment and avoiding foods those are high in sugar.

2. How common is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is a common problem in all age groups.

Tooth decay is the most common long-lasting childhood disease. It is 5 times more common than asthma, and nearly 20% of children between 2 and 4 years of age have cavities.

By age 17, almost 80 percent of young people have had a cavity.

More than two-thirds of adults’ age 35 to 44 years has lost at least one permanent tooth to cavities.

About 50% of adults age 75 and older who have one or more of their own teeth have had decay in their roots.

3. What causes tooth decay?

The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay. A clear, sticky substance called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth and gums. As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids. The acids attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. In this point, besides regular brushing and flossing, a dental scaler is necessary for your teeth cleaning.

4. What are the symptoms?

Tooth decay usually does not cause symptoms until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. When this occurs, a toothache is the most common symptom.

5. How is it treated?

Treatment for tooth decay depends on how bad it is. You may be able to reverse slight tooth decay by using fluoride. To fix cavities caused by mild tooth decay, your dentist will fill the cavities with another substance (fillings). For more severe tooth decay, you may need a crown or root canal. In extreme cases, your dentist may have to remove the tooth.

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This article was published on 2011/12/30