The dangers of dental decay loom large in the capital and we are here to fight off harmful bacteria and enable you to enjoy beautiful, bright smiles. Decay is preventable, yet thousands of people all over the UK suffer from cavities and dental infections. This winter, we are determined to fight off decay for good!
About dental decay
Dental decay happens as a result of exposure to harmful bacteria and the most common sign is the development of a cavity. Cavities are holes that form in the tooth’s outer layer, the enamel. Once there is a hole in the tooth, there is a risk of bacteria spreading through the tooth.
Risk factors for decay include poor oral hygiene and a diet that consists of sugary or acidic foods and drinks. If you neglect teeth cleaning, bacteria remain in the mouth and multiply. They also join forces with saliva and food debris to form plaque, a sticky substance that irritates the gums and weakens the enamel. Foods that contain a lot of sugar contribute to decay because they increase the risk of acid erosion of the enamel. When you eat acidic and sugary foods, bacteria produce acids that attack and erode the enamel, increasing the risk of damage and cavities.
Fighting decay in Central London
We recommend regular routine check-ups, a healthy diet and a thorough oral hygiene regime at home to keep decay at bay. If you already show signs of decay, including weakness in the tooth, a cavity or dental pain, we can fill the tooth to help to reduce the likelihood of bacteria spreading. If decay is left untreated, it can spread to the pulp tissue and root canal treatment may be recommended.
If you’re worried about decay, are looking for advice about reducing the risk of decay or are due a dental check-up, don’t hesitate to call us and book an appointment!