Decay Detection & Prevention

Tooth decay happens when bacteria are allowed to develop in the mouth. This bacterium excretes acid that eats the tooth away and is found in the sticky substance known as plaque. Plaque resides between the teeth and feeds on the sugar found in the food that we eat. Unfortunately, the symptoms of a decayed tooth are only visible when a cavity is formed. Therefore it is important to know the signs of tooth decay and to attend check-ups with your dentist.

Signs of tooth decay

  • White spots: Chalky white spots on the tooth are one of the first signs of tooth decay. It indicates the weakening of enamel and if not treated immediately may become a cavity.
  • Brown spots: These appear when the decay has developed into a cavity.
  • Sensitivity: Sensitivity to sweet food or temperatures indicates that the dentin has been affected and the decay has developed beyond the tooth surface.
  • Softening of the enamel: This may be unnoticeable for untrained eyes, but can be clearly seen by a dentist. Treatment at this early stage can avoid costly techniques later.
  • A dentist is capable of detecting many other early signs of tooth decay, so it is highly recommended that you attend regular dental check-ups.

If you would like more detailed information on decay detection and prevention, please contact us at O'Connor Moore Dentist Sligo and we will be happy to help you.