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Can You Reverse Tooth Decay?

Diagram of a tooth with tooth decay used by Flower Mound periodontist at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center.Your teeth are pretty incredible. They perform some essential tasks every single day. They help you bite, chew, speak and smile confidently. Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body and can stand up to a lot. Despite this strength, they are still vulnerable to decay. At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we can help you to stop tooth decay and protect the health of your mouth.

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is the softening of your tooth enamel due to acid erosion. Bacteria and plaque are natural substances that collect on your teeth. While natural, they produce harmful acids. These acids eat away at your protective tooth enamel, causing mineral loss.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

There are many different issues that can result in tooth decay. Common causes include
•  Poor oral hygiene practices. A lack of good oral hygiene can lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria, and the acids they produce.
•  Using tobacco products. Tobacco products make plaque stickier, allowing for greater bacteria accumulation on your teeth.
•  Dry mouth. Called xerostomia, dry mouth is a condition in which your mouth lacks sufficient saliva. Because of this, bacteria can grow more easily.
•  Poor diet. Sugary foods are not the direct cause of decay, but they can contribute to it. Sugars provide food for oral bacteria. As they consume sugar, they produce their harmful acids. A diet high in sweets, sodas, and carbohydrates can increase your risk.

Effects of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can have a detrimental impact on your oral health if not addressed right away. Eventually, the weak spots in your teeth can lead to the formation of small pits, or cavities, in your teeth. Cavities are irreversible. However, they can be treated. If not treated, cavities can grow larger and deeper, putting the strength of the tooth at risk and increasing your risk for developing a tooth infection. Small cavities can be treated with fillings. As decay progresses, however, treatments become more invasive. You may need a crown, a root canal, or even a tooth extraction.

Can Tooth Decay be Reversed?

In short, yes, tooth decay can be reversed. However, it needs to be addressed before it develops into a cavity. The earlier you spot decay and take action to reverse it, the easier the process will be. There are a few things that you can do to reverse your tooth decay and prevent a cavity from developing.
•  Watch what you eat and drink. Water is one of the best things that you can consume to help reverse tooth decay. Water keeps your mouth hydrated and washes away bacteria and lingering food particles. Fluoridated water can be exceptionally helpful to restore strength to your enamel. Additionally, what you eat can make a difference. Limit sugary foods and large amounts of carbohydrates. You can also help to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth by eating fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, and carrots.
•  Practice good oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth.
•  Use a fluoridated toothpaste. A fluoridated toothpaste helps to restore lost fluoride to your teeth, giving your enamel the strength it needs to fight off plaque and bacteria acids.
•  Chew sugarless gum. Many varieties of sugarless gum contain Xylitol, which can help to reduce plaque formation and how plaque attaches to your teeth.
•  Fluoride treatments. We can provide fluoride treatments after your cleanings. We simply paint a fluoride gel on your teeth, and the fluoride absorbs directly into your tooth enamel.

When detected in the early stages, tooth decay can be reversed. If you have any questions or concerns or need to schedule an appointment, call ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center at Carrollton: (972) 242-7603 or Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050 or Denton: (940) 566-7021 today.
2440 N. Josey Lane,
Suite 202
Carrollton, TX 75006

ph: (972) 242-7603
fax: (972) 242-0925

Flower Mound
651 Cross Timbers Road,
Suite 102
Flower Mound, TX 75028

ph: (972) 434-8050
fax: (972) 434-2043

1601 N. Elm,
Suite B,
Denton, TX 76201

ph: (940) 566-7021
fax: (940) 383-8319
6340 Preston Road,
Suite 100,
Frisco, TX 75034

ph: (972) 242-7603
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