Detecting Tooth Decay

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Dentistry

Detecting Decay

Do you maintain a good oral health routine, but concerned you might miss the early signs of tooth decay?

The dentists at West House Dental are experts at spotting tooth decay before it becomes a major issue and can help you achieve a bright and beautiful smile with state-of-the-art treatments.

  • Spotting the early signs of tooth decay is key in minimising damage to the teeth and reducing the risk of oral health issues such as gum disease and abscesses.
  • It is estimated that 31% of adults in the UK have tooth decay and almost half are unhappy with the state of their teeth.
  • According to the British Dental Association, 64% of people feel that applying for public or client facing roles with visibly decayed teeth or bad breath would be a disadvantage, while 60% believe that visibly decayed teeth or bad breath would prevent someone from getting a promotion.

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health issues affecting people in the UK and it occurs when the structure of the tooth is damaged by acids.

These acids are formed when bacteria break down the sugar in foods, which means that the more sugary snacks you eat, the higher the risk of cavities.

Soda, cereal, chocolate and starchy, refined carbohydrates are the usual suspects when dealing with tooth decay.

Tooth decay is also caused by poor oral hygiene; failing to brush and floss your teeth correctly leads to a build-up of residue that in time weaken the structure of the enamel.

Is tooth decay reversible?

The good news is that tooth decay can be reversed before it turns into cavities.

Spotting the early signs of tooth decay is the best way to prevent the decay from getting larger and causing extensive damage.

More often than not, patients see the dentist when the decay has already turned into a cavity and causes symptoms such as a visible stain and sharp pain, but the tell-tale signs are much subtler and can only be seen by an experienced dentist.

Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, regular checkups at our dental clinic in London will ensure that your oral cavity is in the best possible health and that any signs of decay are treated before they become a major issue.

Putting the patient first

No matter your oral health history or dental concerns, West House Dental guarantees a pleasant, friendly and non-judgemental in-clinic experience.

Our location in North West London offers a warm welcome even to the most nervous patients and you can rest assured that our professional dentists will listen to your questions and concerns.

We suggest the most effective treatments based on the current extent of the tooth decay and always advise patients on how to prevent tooth decay at home.