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  March 10, 2016

Decayed Teeth, as a Dental Issue, Explained

The surface of human mouth is typically covered with large quantity of bacteria, which grow and replicate inside the mouth. The ingested foods, especially those that are rich with sugars, provide the essential nutrition for these bacteria to continue living inside the mouth and produce acid by breaking down carbohydrates.


By regularly brushing your teeth and cleaning your mouth using mouthwash, these bacteria are mostly killed. However, in cases of prolonged neglection, bacteria will start to accumulate and continue their acid production to gradually damage the enamel, which is the protective surface of your teeth.


This continual and gradual teeth damage will eventually lead to formation of a hole on your teeth, referred to as cavity. Through enamel, the bacteria reach the softer and bone-like material tissue, called dentine, which is much easier to decay. Much of this gradual process may not cause much discomfort to patients, but it does not mean that tooth decay is not occurring.


The most commonly decayed teeth are the teeth at the back of your jaws, also known as molars and premolars, as these are larger in size and have large flat surface on top, which makes it more suitable for bacteria growth. These teeth are also normally harder to clean and food particles are more likely to become stuck between molars and premolars. Nevertheless, most cases of tooth decay, if treated early, are dealt with very easily with the minimum to pain at all. However, if the decay reaches the dentine, root canal procedure may be the only treatment left. You are highly advised to monitor the general health status of your teeth and gum by setting regular check-ups with your dentist. For further information on the latest dental treatments and information on other dental problems visit:

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