When decay is detected, it is removed and then the tooth is filled with tooth-coloured material called composite. Composite comes in various shades, so there will always be a matching shade for your teeth. Unlike the traditional silver filling, the composite looks so natural. It’s matched to the natural shade of your teeth, and it doesn’t look like you had a filling. It is also very strong and durable.
All our treatments are pain-free and we prioritise the patient’s comfort first. So feel assured that you will be well-looked-after at our clinic.
How to prevent tooth decay
There are two simple ways to dramatically reduce your risk of developing tooth decay:
Brush your teeth twice a day
Brushing your teeth regularly will manually remove plaque before it has a chance to become a problem. It’s important to floss once a day too, to make sure you reach the plaque in between your teeth. If plaque does get the chance to harden and turn in to tartar, all is not lost – but you will need to see your dentist to have it removed.
Reduce the sugar in your diet
As we’ve already learnt, the bacteria in plaque feed on sugar and produce the destructive acids that cause tooth decay. Therefore, reducing your intake of the sweet stuff can also help to cut your risk of tooth decay.
Where your teeth and sugar intake is concerned, frequency is just as important as quantity. Every time you enjoy something sugary, it takes your mouth around 30 minutes to neutralise the resulting acidity. So, if you’re constantly snacking, this will create the perfect environment for tooth decay.
Similarly, cutting back on acidic foods and drinks will also help you to cut your risk of erosion and tooth decay.
Some other things you can do to lessen your risk of tooth decay include:
- Using a fluoride toothpaste
- Not rinsing after brushing
- Chewing sugar-free gum after meals
- Staying hydrated
- Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups
If you have any concerns about tooth decay, contact Blackburn Clinic Dental Centre to arrange your dental health check.
Dental treatments carry risks. Before proceeding, you should seek an opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.