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North Vancouver Dentist, Seymour Parkway, Deep Cove dentist helps fight tooth decay


Blog by Dr. Gilbert Lee | January 22nd, 2015


Tooth Decay



What causes tooth decay? Who gets tooth decay?
These are common questions that people ask when they come in to see us!

What causes tooth decay? Bacteria, food, and sugar are all the main culprits in tooth decay. The bacteria from your saliva and the plaque that forms on your teeth feed off of the sugar and foods that are left behind in your mouth. When the bacteria feed off the sugary foods it causes an acid to form that is harmful to the teeth. Over time these acids cause damage to the tooth enamel.
Your homecare and coming in for your regular checkups and cleanings will all be good in preventing tooth decay.
Consistanly taking the time to brush and floss your teeth is one of the best ways of stopping the ongoing decay. Dr. Lee is a preventative dentist and goes over home care witht every patient. Most areas that we see that are being missed are along the gum line or in between the teeth. These are easy avoidable areas once you have a tecnique in place. Dr. Lee does excellent work but wants to prevent future decay from happening. Diet plays another role in tooth decay, and Dr.Lee makes sure to do a dietary analysis to get down to the main reason tooth decay may be happening in your mouth. One of the  main causes of tooth decay from your diet is dietary acid. This plays a big role in acid erosion especially on the roots of the teeth. Many beverages such as pop, energy drinks, fruit juices, wines, and sparkling mineral water have these acids. It is important to be aware of what you are consuming and how you can prevent these dietary acids from weakening your teeth. Many older patients have receeded gums . When this happens the root its exposed and this causes the teeth to become sensitive and more susceptable to decay. The roots of the teeth are not as strong as the enamel of the teeth. The acids eat away at the teeth and this causes you to have a cavity. Also, patients with dry mouth that dont have much saliva also will have increase risk of decay, in these cases we recommend a sugar free or xylitol gum, or we have some samples of Biotene mouth gels and rinces that helps with saliva production.

The tooth is made out of 3 layers. The outter layer the enamel, the middle layer the dentin and the center of the tooth that contains the nerve and blood vessels.
The longer you leave decay the more and more decay can damage the tooth, left long enough the decay can go straight to the pulp causing the tooth to die and you needing a root canal.
Alot of times Dr.Lee fines little black/brown pin hole decay spots that are like a "screen door affect". This is where the decay keeps getting bigger and bigger from just a small pin hole in the enamel that travels to the dentin where it gets bigger and bigger from there. This type of decay we usually find along the neck of the tooth. Where the root is exposed to acids or abrasions.
Remember, teeth do  not heal like a scratch or wound on the skin. If you know or have been told you have decay it needs to be removed and fixed. It will not get better only worse!
Come in as soon as you can while the decay is still small!
If you have any questions regarding decay or dental treatment and want to be treated by a quality dentist that has over 35+ experience in the dental field, please give us a call at : 604-924-8289

Or stop by Seymour Dental
#200-3650 Mt. Seymour Pkwy
North Vancouvver, BC V7H 2Y5