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Tooth Decay

Our mouths are filled with hundreds of different bacteria and certain types can metabolize the sugars present in our food and drinks.

Decay at The Smile Place Mt Eliza

This causes the bacteria to produce acids which begin to wear down your enamel and dentine resulting in Cavities.

Tooth decay is initially pain free and appears as white spots and specs on the enamel layer of the teeth. If untreated, over time, these spots can darken in colour as the bacteria continues to wear away the tooth. Eventually the enamel is so weak that it breaks away and it becomes a cavity. The bacteria will then infect the internal layer of your tooth – the dentin – and suddenly the tooth becomes painful.

Without treatment tooth decay will lead to larger cavities, which are often sensitive to temperature and sweets.

Sometimes there is only occasional pain and you may end up ignoring the sensitivity. This is a very bad idea, as the acid produced by the bacteria will continue to infiltrate deeper into your tooth and eventually reach the root canal – where the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels are located.

Suddenly what started with a treatable white spot becomes a much bigger problem and you may even lose the tooth.

The best way to prevent tooth decay is through brushing, with a good quality flouride toothpaste and flossing regularly. A healthy low sugar and low acid diet can also make a big difference.

Contact Us Now !

Regular examinations and preventative appointments with a dental practitioner can help identify early signs of trouble.
Telephone: 03 9775 4600
Email: admin@thesmileplace.com.au
Address: 1299 Nepean Highway, Mt Eliza, VIC, 3930

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Telephone: 03 9775 4600
Email: admin@thesmileplace.com.au
Address: 1299 Nepean Highway, Mt Eliza, VIC, 3930