Preventing and treating Dental Decay in West Sussex


Tooth decay

Tooth decay or caries is a very common disease and affects most people to some degree during their lifetime.

Tooth decay occurs when teeth are frequently exposed to foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars) like fizzy drinks, sweets, ice cream, cakes, and even fruits, vegetables and natural juices. Bacteria live in the mouth and form plaque. The bacteria in the plaque utilise these starches and sugars as their food supply and excrete acids as a waste product. These acids damage tooth enamel over time by dissolving, or demineralising, the mineral structure of teeth, producing tooth decay and weakening the teeth. If left untreated this process progresses through to the much softer dentine until eventually the central nerve of the tooth is reached. At this stage the tooth may become sensitive to hot and cold stimuli or even develop a painful abscess if the nerve becomes infected.

To help you combat this disease we will, following a thorough examination of your teeth, and your dietary and tooth cleaning habits, categorize your risk and suggest ways and means of preventing further decay.


Tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, or dentinal hypersensitivity is one of the most common dental complaints. It has been estimated that almost one in four adults suffers from this problem. The incidence appears to be increasing and is affecting even younger people.

Apart from being very uncomfortable, tooth sensitivity if left untreated can progress to more serious dental problems. Hypersensitivity can cause oral hygiene neglect by virtue of the fact that people may avoid cleaning the painful teeth. Bacterial plaque may build-up leading to gum disease and tooth decay.

To help we will suggest any dietary changes that we feel will help to reduce the sensitivity. We can seal exposed surfaces and we will also recommend effective desensitising dental products for you to use at home.

Smilecare Dental Centre, 45 Furnace Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6JD
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