Disrepair, rot, extinction … these are the words that come up when you type ‘decay’ into your online thesaurus. Extinction! And that is exactly what can happen if your teeth are decaying. Tooth decay has the power to destroy your tooth structures and causes you to lose your teeth. And then, before you know it, your teeth are as obsolete as the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Exactly as the name suggests, tooth decay causes ruin wherever it goes. It can destroy any tooth in your mouth, from top to bottom, inside and out, on any level, and it can even destroy your gums and the bones that support your teeth. In fact, recent reports from medical researchers and top dentists indicate that, if it is left untreated, tooth decay not only can lead to gum disease, but more serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke. The saddest part about tooth decay is that it’s almost totally avoidable and preventable. There’s simply no reason to suffer from tooth decay and all the destruction it brings with it. In just a few simple steps, teeth can be healthy and strong, making tooth decay, rather than teeth, a thing of the past.
If you have a dentist appointment in your near future, you may be wondering what you should ask your dentist during the visit. These questions will likely have to do with issues that you are having or information that you do not know about your mouth. Here some questions and the answers to things that you could ask your dentist.
New Methods in Preventing Tooth Decay
Be sure to ask your dentist if there are any new methods to prevent and treat tooth decay. There are several new treatments in the development stages. There is an experimental technique using fluorescent lights to detect developing cavities long before traditional means can detect them. There is also a feeling technique being researched that helps prevent further tooth decay by releasing fluoride slowly over time around you’re filling and on adjacent teeth.