Why Is Tooth Decay So Bad, Anyway?

You might wonder if you have been worrying about tooth decay for all of these years to a much greater extent than is necessary. Maybe it’s not so bad, you think to yourself. Maybe getting cavities is just normal and something that a person should accept. As a result, you wouldn’t have to feel so concerned with brushing, flossing, etc. Well, while we appreciate your attempt at enjoying a relaxed approach to life, the truth is, it is just as important as you’ve always thought it was to keep teeth free of decay. Allow us to explain some reasons why!

It Can Lead To Infection

Not sure why it’s such a big deal to keep yourself from experiencing tooth decay? Well, let’s talk about what happens when you completely ignore it for a while. This problem begins small. It eats some of your dental tissue away, which leaves you with a hole. You know of this problem as you refer to it: It’s a cavity! When it’s a surface level problem, it is something we can easily treat. When it affects deeper tissue layers, it provides a gateway for bacteria. They enter, they infect essential tissues within your tooth that keep your tooth alive, then you require a root canal (or an extraction, which means tooth loss).

It Can Shorten Your Tooth’s Life

When you experience tooth decay, some of your tissue dies. Once it is gone, we either replace it with a filling or we cover your entire tooth with a crown. Unfortunately, the sooner you end up with restorations, the more vulnerable you become to further problems with your teeth because they are no longer solid units but have already experienced damage.

Avoid Tooth Loss With Our Gentle Care

Prevent tooth decay by coming in for preventive visits, seeing us twice a year for cleanings and checkups, and following our suggestions for care in your home. To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.