Can You Reverse Dental Decay?

Dr. Adam Chapnick, Molson Park Dental

What is tooth decay?

Many people are still struggling with tooth decay even after following a prevention plan that was meant to keep such issues at bay. The thing that most don’t understand is that tooth decay happens over time. As much as you may have made changes to improve your dental hygiene, the plaque buildup overtime is what eventually causes decay.

The bacteria that is in the mouth will combine with sugar which is obtained from the foods you eat to form acids. The acids corrode the tooth’s enamel (which is what protects the outer teeth). Whenever you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, it helps to replenish the enamel and minimize the acid attacks. Your saliva also contains important minerals that replenish the teeth’s outer protection(enamel).

Can it be reversed?

This will depend on the extent to which the decay has reached. When the enamel is exposed to acid attacks, the tooth decay may advance to a point where it continues to expose the enamel. At the beginning stages, you can reverse tooth decay by practicing proper dental hygiene like brushing and flossing properly and regularly to prevent acid attacks. This will prevent much of the enamel from being destroyed. If the decay attacks are not prevented by practicing proper dental hygiene, a cavity will be formed on the teeth and you’ll need to have it extracted or use a filling for cosmetic and functionality purposes.

Preventative dental care to fight decay

By incorporating better dental care practices, you can prevent the tooth decay from advancing and causing serious cavities that lead to tooth loss. Below are a few ways to practice preventative care.

  • Brush at least twice every day and make sure you floss your teeth daily to prevent plaque buildup. A good option is to use an antibacterial mouthwash which reduces the level of bacteria in the mouth minimizing the  risk of tartar forming.
  • Consume a healthy diet of foods that will promote dental health and keep off sugar rich foods which promote acid attacks on the enamel. Foods that are rich in vitamin D and calcium help to strengthen the jaw bone    and replenish the enamel.
  • Take your dental appointments seriously. You need to see your dentist at least once a year; this will help to take note of signs of trouble before they become too costly to fix. Also consider going for regular dental cleanings. Ask your dentist to help you come up with an effective prevention plan that will help you improve your dental health.
  • Avoid consuming foods and drinks that stain your teeth. Common culprits are tobacco and coffee. Smoking not only discolors your teeth but can also contribute to decay and create a conducive environment for bacteria.
  • Use fluoride to preserve the condition of your teeth enamel. Fluoride is available in mouth rinses and toothpastes. Frequent use can help to reverse mild tooth decay. But always remember that taking good care of your teeth is the best way to fight decay.

Molson Park Dental Office is a friendly, full-service dental practice. We offer an array of cosmetic dentistry procedures, general dentistry, implant and tooth replacement and neuromuscular dentistry to our clients in Barrie, ON.

Dr. Adam Chapnick and the caring team at Molson Park Dentistry has been intimately involved in the education of dentistry, making them great patient advocates. We place a high priority on patient education to empower our patients to prevent future dental issues.

Our goal is to help you feel as comfortable as possible during your visit. Enjoy our many ameneties. We guarantee short wait times and offer every patient a cold bottle of water at reception. Fresh coffee or tea is always available. While your dental work is being done, you can be wrapped in a cozy blanket with a neck warmer. You can even listen to music, or browse the Internet, on one of our iPads. We also provide stress balls and trigger point release tools if you are feeling uncomfortable, and we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help with anxiety, too.