Tooth Decay and Plaque
Plaque is a clear sticky substance that forms on your teeth, daily. Plaque houses bacteria, who release acids, which slowly break down your teeth causing tooth decay. It is a slow, but a gradual process where symptoms of tooth decay won’t occur until you have a cavity or infected tooth. Decay and Plaque slowly eat away at your tooth. Starting from the outer layer, causing permanent damage, till they reach the roots. Sadly, that’s when it’s too late.
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Although our dentists will remove any plaque build-up on your teeth at your 6-monthly dental clean and check-up appointment, regular brushing and flossing will make sure it stays that way. The best solution is to maintain healthy brushing habits to protect that layer of plaque from building on your teeth in the first place. If you are already showing signs of tooth decay, it is critical that you call us on (08) 9534 7946 and make an appointment. We are able to diagnose the issue and explain the various treatment options depending on the severity.
Ignoring this is like ignoring a minor, very treatable issue and letting it manifest and grow into a much bigger issue – One that will cause irreversible damage to your tooth and gums. When decay and plaque are ignored, they continue to eat away at your teeth. Beginning from the outer layer then working through to the middle layer and eventually find the centre of your teeth where all the nerves and vessels are. This will result in pulsating pain which will affect your day to day life and may lead to infection, loss of teeth, eventual bone damage and tissue loss.