Do You Have Rotten Teeth?
How Do You Tell If Your Teeth Are Rotten?
Certainly, visibly rotten teeth are embarrassing, causes odors and can lead to anxiety or low confidence in social settings. For people who have rotten teeth, pain that they experience as the teeth succumb to further decaying is a lot worse than the embarrassment.
So, how do you tell if your teeth are rotting? What are the signs and symptoms to look out for? Continue reading to find out.
Symptoms of Rotten Teeth
“Rotten teeth” is simply another term for tooth decay. Tooth decay is a very common dental problem among people of all ages. It refers to considerable and permanent damage to the hard surface of your tooth known as enamel and possibly other layers.
The decaying worsens as decay penetrates the enamel layer, the dentin layer, the cementum layer and finally through to the pulp. The symptoms people will experience may vary based on how far along is the decaying process.
Early stage tooth decay symptoms may include the following:
You may feel pain whenever you are drinking or eating things that are hot, cold or sweet. This is one of the first sign of tooth enamel loss.
Teeth that are rotten can cause you to feel pain from time to time. The pain may be severe and persist even after administering an over-the-counter pain reliever. When pain does not subside after taking medication you may need to have the tooth removed.
Change in the color of your tooth can be suggestive of rotting. The surface of your tooth may show black, white or brown staining. Tooth discoloration as small as white spots is a clear sign of enamel loss at the earliest stage.
Rotten teeth can cause gingivitis or other gum diseases that start at the root of the tooth, affects the gums by causing inflammation and abscess on the gum tissue. You may experience swollen gums that have pus-filled bumps as a result.
Severe tooth decay may cause your teeth to loosen. When tooth loosening occurs, there is only a matter of time before you lose those teeth completely.
Many people may not understand the severity of tooth decay even when they are experiencing symptoms. Ignoring symptoms increases the risk of developing serious complications, including tooth abscesses, intense pain, chewing problems, and even weight loss in some cases.
How Does Tooth Decay Develop?
The most common contributing factor in tooth decay development is food particles that remain in your mouth and between teeth after eating. These food remnants provide sustenance for naturally occurring bacteria that exists in the mouth. Your leftover food is fuel for bacteria, they proliferate and contribute to the formation of plaque on your teeth. This sticky film hardens around your gum line to form tartar or calculus. After establishing its hold, the bio-film of bacteria begins to break down minerals and dissolves the enamel, the tough, outer coating of teeth. Microscopic holes and abrasions will develop and the decaying will continue until it reaches the pulp.
How To Prevent Teeth Rott?
Daily oral hygiene practices can go a long way in preventing tooth decay. Brushing your teeth at least two times daily and flossing at least once a day are the most important prevention practices.
Make better food choices, avoid sugary, highly starchy or junk foods or those that tend to get trapped between teeth. Fruits and vegetables should feature prominently in your diet.
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