Can You Reverse Tooth Decay?

 

There are a variety of strategies out there to help keep dental decay and cavities at bay, but what happens if you've already experienced decay?

Is there any way to cure it or to reverse the damage? Read on to find out what you can do for your teeth.


How Does Tooth Decay Get Started?

The enamel of your teeth is incredibly strong, and it is able to withstand several acid attacks each day. However, if you snack frequently, it is easy to weaken the enamel. This weakened state means that your mouth will never really get the chance to recover, and the end result could be decay and cavities.

Is it Possible to Reverse Decay?

There are a variety of "miracle cures" online that claim to be able to reverse tooth decay, but you shouldn't always believe what you read. If you are hoping to reverse tooth decay, it is important to note that there are two types of decay: one that only affects the enamel and another that progresses to the underlying dentin. Tooth decay will only be reversible when it solely affects the enamel.

If your dentist detects decay within the early stages, it is possible to avoid a cavity. He will put a fluoride varnish onto the tooth in order to prevent the progression of damage, and this is also known as re-mineralizing the tooth. This won't be an option once the decay spreads into the dentin and other underlying layers of the tooth.

Prevention is Vital when it Comes to Tooth Decay

If you really want to protect your teeth, it is important that you take steps to prevent decay before it starts. Good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are extremely important, as are dental sealants in order to protect your teeth. You should also choose healthy meals with only two snacks rather than grazing all day. Your teeth will thank you for these great decisions.

Please contact us if you have any questions about tooth decay and your oral health.

 

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