Your mouth is a busy place. Bacteria – tiny colonies of living organisms are constantly on the move on your teeth, gums, lips and tongue.
Having bacteria in your mouth is a normal thing. While some of the bacteria can be harmful, most are not and some are even helpful. Certain bacteria if they’re not removed, multiply and form a whitish film on the tooth. This film is called plaque, and it’s what causes cavities.
The plaque that forms on your teeth produces acid which can’t be easily washed away by your saliva. The acid dissolves the minerals that make your tooth enamel hard. The surface of the enamel becomes porous – tiny holes appear. After a while, the acid causes the tiny holes in the enamel to get bigger until one large hole appears. This is a cavity. It’s important to see your dentist before a cavity forms so that the plaque you can’t reach with your toothbrush or floss can be removed. Scheduling regular checkups will ensure that tooth decay is caught in its earliest stages and addressed or avoided altogether.
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According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should see a children’s dentist at least twice a year, starting six months after the first tooth appears. Typically the first teeth begin to emerge between 6 months and 10 months. Bring your... Read More
White in colour, composite fillings are synthetic resins that are used to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Unlike Amalgam fillings, composite fillings are bonded to the dentin and enamel of the tooth and thus require less removal... Read More
A crown is a cover placed over a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. A primary (baby) tooth that is severely decayed is often fitted with a stainless steel crown that is shaped and functions like a normal tooth. It is important to... Read More
Space maintainers may be used when a primary tooth is lost prematurely or if a permanent tooth is missing to keeps the space open until the permanent tooth comes in. Teeth may be missing due to trauma, severe decay or infection or missing from... Read More
Generally speaking, keeping your natural teeth in your mouth whenever possible is the best option. However certain circumstances require a tooth or teeth to come out. In cases of advanced gum disease, loose or badly decayed teeth, fractured or broken teeth, crowded teeth, or... Read More