Tooth decay is a common problem in adults and children in the UK.
But can it be reversed?
Here’s everything you need to know about undergoing reversing surgery, and how to prevent future problems from arising.
Causes of tooth decay
Bacteria from the food and drink you consume are the main cause of tooth decay, especially when high in sugar.
Acids can (and do) build up on the teeth and gums to digest sugar, causing the enamel on the teeth to dissolve, leading to decay.
How long does tooth decay take to develop?
Tooth decay often goes unnoticed until it’s severe and causes other issues.
Symptoms of tooth decay include:
- General toothache
- Discolouration of the teeth
- Holes in the teeth
- Swelling in the gums and mouth
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth
There’s no specific timeline of when tooth decay develops, as it’s different for every patient and depends on their diet and oral hygiene routine.
How long does it take to reverse tooth decay?
Cavities and decay cannot be reversed overnight, but it’s worth undergoing proper treatment to get the best, most durable result.
Fillings, onlays and crowns are the most common methods for reversing tooth decay and help prevent sensitivity when eating or drinking something hot/cold. But, they can also improve the appearance of the tooth.
Depending on the severity of the case, root canals and extractions are sometimes needed to prevent the surrounding teeth from decaying too.
How to prevent tooth decay in the future
While dental problems can be more common in some more than others, there are ways to prevent tooth decay.
Proper dental hygiene
It may sound simple, but brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day is the starting preventative measure when it comes to tooth decay.
Make sure your toothpaste has fluoride in it to strengthen the enamel effectively and reduce the likelihood of decay.
Visit your dentist
Adults should visit their dentist every 6 months unless stated otherwise.
Having these checkups means our team can take a look at your oral health and diagnose problems early, stopping them from developing any further.
Reduce sugar intake
Refined sugar is one of the key factors in poor dental health.
Cutting back on sweets and fizzy drinks reduces the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Learn more with Hockerill Dental
If you have decaying teeth and want to learn more about how they can be reversed, contact us today.
Our expert team of dental professionals have the knowledge, skills and tools to create a healthy smile you can be proud of.