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Tooth cavity or Dental Caries

 

Dental Caries is defined as an infectious micro biologic disease of the teeth that result in loss of tooth structure. In simple words or in layman language it is called as tooth cavity.

 

It is derived from the Latin word “rot”or decay

 

 

The interesting fact about caries is that prehistoric man rarely suffered from this type of tooth destruction so it can be considered as a disease of modern civilization.

 

 

 

Tooth decay or dental caries is increasing at an alarming rate in developing countries.

The presence of sucrose in modern diet has been associated with increased caries prevalence.

 

The microorganism or bacteria in the mouth produce enzymes which reacts with carbohydrate to produce acid. The acid produced interacts with tooth outer surface(enamel ) which leads to dental caries.

 

The acid can damage tooth surface creating tiny holes in teeth known as tooth cavity. These holes can affect the whole structure of tooth reaching pulp of the tooth.

Tooth pain occurs when cavity reaches pulp where the nerve in the tooth are exposed.

 

What to do to treat early ?

 

 

  1. Observation- Observe your teeth every day , if there is any slight change in tooth color or any brown/black discoloration or hole in your teeth then you need to visit your dentist
  2. Dental visit- Visit your dentist regularly every 6 months so that infected tooth can be detected in early stages and treatment can be done easily.

 

 

It is important for us to understand how we can prevent tooth decay /cavities.

 

  • Flouride water – Flouridated water can help in the initial stages of tooth decay as tooth remineralization can be done with Flouride
  • Flouridated toothpaste
  • Flouride mouth rinses
  • Tooth-healthy diet
  • Change toothbrush every 3 months – Change toothbrush as soon as it is worn off or  every 3 months, whichever comes first

Treatment :

 

  1. Fillings/Restoration
  2. Root Canal Treatment
  3. Tooth Extraction