Nowadays, it can seem like there is so much to look out for in term of our dental health.
Swollen gums, increased sensitivity and shifting teeth to name just a few. We hate to add to the list, but there is something that many people have and don’t realise there is a problem! Ever noticed white spots on the surface of your teeth? This could be a sign of tooth decay and shouldn’t go untreated.
Spotting the signs of decay.
White spots on the teeth are one of the first visible signs of tooth decay which can ultimately lead to tooth loss, landing you more time in the big chair!
Tooth decay occurs when acid is produced from plaque, a deposit on teeth where bacteria can grow. This acid causes white deposits to develop on the teeth which dissolves the enamel. In extreme cases, the spots that develop can be brown, grey or even black!
Other signs of tooth decay could be pain in the jaw or gum inflammation. If you are worried that you may be suffering from gum disease, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist.
When to visit your dentist…
Once the decay has manifested, unfortunately, brushing alone won’t save you.
Your dentist will be able to advise you on the current state of your oral health and if there is genuine cause for concern. Your dentist will be able to prescribe medication or plan further treatment for you if necessary.
Finding Your Perfect Dentist
Don’t have a dentist? Don’t worry. Defacto Dentists can help you. On our website we have over 7000 dental practices in the UK who are ready and waiting to help you. All you have to do is head over to our website and enter your location to get started! Then, you need to browse through the search results to find your perfect practice.
Take a look at the different practices – look at what treatments are on offer and read reviews from previous patients. Scroll through the pictures of the practices and get to know the practice teams. Then simply pick the practice that suits you best!
Ultimately, prevention is better than cure! A thorough at home dental routine is vital, no matter what age you are! Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and remember to floss! Without flossing, you miss 35% of the tooth’s surface.