What You Need to Know About Tooth Decay

What You Need to Know About Tooth Decay

Why take dental caries seriously?

Although dental caries is largely preventable, it remains the most common chronic disease in the world. Tooth decay is an infectious disease that results in mineral loss from the affected tooth due to organic acids formed as a result of microbial fermentation of carbohydrates. The effects on individuals such as pain and suffering, loss of function, decrease in quality of life are remarkably important.

Is tooth decay a sign of another disease?

We cannot say that dental caries is a direct harbinger of another disease, but it can indirectly cause the formation of what we call focal infection. Bacteria caused by dental caries can be carried to vital organs through blood and lymph circulation, causing serious conditions.

When a tooth decays, does it also rot the other teeth next to it?

Since tooth decay is a contagious infectious disease, other teeth are also affected. Generally, we see this picture as the formation of interface caries by affecting each other in neighboring teeth.

Does tooth decay cause bad breath?

There are many causes of bad breath; One of them is dental caries.

How can you tell if your tooth is decayed?

In its simplest form, it can be noticed by the formation of dark discolorations on the tooth and following these discolorations by the cavities we call cavities. In addition, caries can develop on surfaces that cannot be detected easily, which we call interface caries; Radiological techniques are used in the diagnosis of interface caries. Therefore, it is necessary to consult a dentist for the diagnosis and treatment of tooth decay before it progresses.

What are your tips for preventing tooth decay?

Oral care is very important. If it is possible to brush the teeth at least 2 times a day, floss should be used.

A diet consisting of acidic and sugary foods and beverages should be avoided. Particular attention should be paid to the consumption of sugar-containing foods with the main meals.

The dentist should be visited regularly and routine controls should be made, and dental caries should be prevented with topical fluorine treatments.

Fatih Hospital
Chief Physician Dt. Ayça TENLI KURT