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Tooth decay is a process that results in cavities, periodontal disease or other damaging effects to your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth mixed with food particles, sugars and starches create acids that eat away at your teeth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.

Prevention of tooth decay is aided by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. It is also recommended to see your dentist for teeth cleaning and checkups regularly. Dr. Poulson will recommend avoiding foods high in sugar or acids as well.

What causes tooth decay?

The combination of bacteria and food particles indirectly cause tooth decay. Together they produce a substance called plaque - a clear, sticky substance filled with bacteria. Initially, plaque is not hard to remove from your teeth but because it develops quickly, it requires consistent efforts to not let it build up.  As the bacteria within the plaque feeds on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids. In no more than 20 minutes after eating, acids form and begin to attack your teeth. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.  As it builds up, it hardens and quickly becomes very difficult to remove without help from Dr. Poulson and his team. 

What are the symptoms Of Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay does not cause any direct symptoms. It's not until you have a cavity or an infected tooth that you notice a problem. When this occurs, a toothache or pain are the most common symptom.

Treatment for tooth decay depends on your individual case. Dr. Jeff Poulson will take X-rays and examine your mouth to determine the best course of action or recommendation.  Fluoride can help prevent tooth decay and in some cases can stop minor tooth decay from progressing. Cavities caused by tooth decay must be filled by Dr. Poulson to prevent further decay and relieve you of any pain. For severe cases of tooth decay, you may need a crown or root canal. In extreme cases, Dr. Poulson may have to remove the tooth.

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