Tooth Decay: From Start To Finish

As for the specific details, step-by-step, regarding what happens as tooth decay begins, why it’s actually occurring, what’s going on, and then how we fix it, this may all remain a mystery. As you may have recently begun considering, if only you were aware of the particulars, you may have an easier time with your daily care and prevention, so fillings can become a less pressing need in your life! Good news: Our Columbia, TN team is more than happy to walk you through the entire process.

First, You Eat Something That Bacteria Like To Eat

When you come in for your dental checkups and cleanings, we talk with you about the foods that you should be careful with because they feed bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay. If you need a quick refresh, let’s do it: The harmful bacteria living in plaque (that end up on your teeth) like to eat sugars and carbohydrates! That means sweet things and also starchy things! Whether it’s bread, a dessert, or even fruits, whatever is left behind on teeth will feed those enemies in your mouth!

Next, Bacteria Eat And Digest Those Particles

So, bacteria do what they do, which is eat the leftover food particles from the snack or meal you had. This, of course, is why we suggest that you rinse with water after eating (and then brush). It removes the food source for harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay! When they do eat, they digest the food. Their digestive process? It yields acid as waste. Unfortunately, those acids end up on your dental tissue, wherever those bacteria are resting.

Next, Acids Soften Your Dental Tissue

Now, what happens when those bacteria-created acids end up on your smile? If you drink water, then they are rinsed away. Your saliva helps keep your smile clean. However, any acid that remains will break down your dental tissue. This begins with your outer layer, called enamel. Over time, a soft spot forms, then a cavity develops! This is why you end up with tooth decay.

Finally, We Treat The Problem With A Filling!

When you come in for dental checkups, we find the cavity that’s begun forming. The result? We can absolutely fix it, stop the decay, and fill the opening, all with a beautiful tooth-colored filling!

See Us For Dental Fillings That Make Decay Go Away

When you’re ready to treat tooth decay, so you can have your healthy smile back, simply come in for beautiful, discreet restorations. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.