Dental decay is also referred to as tooth decay that is a common dental issue faced by a majority of the people across the world. This is not surprising as we use the teeth to chew the food that results in plaque. The saliva, bacteria, food particles as well as dead cells are part of the plaque that results in tooth decay.
Dental decay starts when the food particles are stuck on the tooth’s surface. This will be fed by the bacteria on the tooth, and produce an acid. This acid is responsible to erode the surface of the tooth leaving a tiny hole in it. With time, the tiny hole will enlarge forming a tooth cavity. In this cavity, the dead cells, food particles and saliva get lodged leading to severe dental decay that results in bad breath, swelling of the gums and cheeks, intense pain and so on.
In order to prevent the dental decay, you need to visit your dentist on a regular basis at least once in six months. Also, you need to restore the decayed tooth before further complications. Do brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride and floss after brushing to eliminate the food particles as well as plaque present in between teeth. If you have sweet or sugary foods stuff, make sure you rinse your teeth. Make it a habit to chew of xylitol gum after you eat as it helps in preventing decay. Use a dental sealant on the biting surface of your teeth as it will cover the grooves and prevent the food particles from storing on the teeth.