How Tooth Decay Progresses
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems that almost everyone experiences at least once in their lifetime. Dietary habits, poor dental hygiene, and infrequent visits to the dentist can maximize your risk of tooth decay. At Brodhagen Dental Care, we encourage patients to take a more proactive approach with their dental care and hygiene routine in order to avoid this problem.
How Does Tooth Decay Progress?
- Food particles and bacteria settle into the crevices and texture of your teeth. While brushing and mouth washing can remove most of these particles, some do remain and can cause trouble.
- The bacteria create an acid that erodes the dental enamel and sinks deeper into the teeth. This stage is painless because the enamel is not as sensitive.
- The acid and decay reach the dentin, the second layer of your tooth, if you do not address the problem as soon as it is evident. The dentin is softer and more porous than the enamel, so the decay spreads faster.
- If you do not treat the problem quickly, the tooth decay can spread to the sensitive root and cause a considerable amount of pain. Once the decay reaches the root, you have no choice but to opt for procedures like root canal or full replacement because the root is damaged by the infection.
You can avoid a lot of pain and trouble if you visit the dentist and address the problem early.
If you want to know more about tooth decay, we recommend you watch this video.
Contact Brodhagen Dental Care online or call our office in Green Bay at 920-499-2121 and learn more about tooth decay. Book your dental examination today.