How To: Treat Tooth Decay

What is tooth decay and what causes it? How do you treat tooth decay and bad oral hygiene? These are some questions that Ipswich Family Dental Practice is happy to help you with! We are a team of Queensland based experts, dedicated to treating the whole family with any and all of your dental health needs. Tooth decay is essentially when the plaque on your teeth goes untreated and unwashed and forms cavities. Cavities are the permanently damaged areas on the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. This is caused by a combination of factors including a build-up of bacteria, sugary drinks, acid and a poor oral hygiene routine.


Without proper brushing, flossing and dental checkups, plaque and the acids in plaque will dissolve your tooth enamel, which causes tooth decay and cavities. If you have noticed signs of this, we recommend that you contact your local dental practitioner immediately.

The Signs of Tooth Decay

With frequent general dental checkups, the signs of tooth decay can be spotted early, and uncomfortable and expensive treatments can be avoided. The signs of tooth decay include:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
  • Visible holes
  • Brown or black staining
  • Pain in the mouth


Treatment Available at Ipswich Family Dental

When looking for tooth decay treatment options, you must visit your dentist. If left completely unchecked, you may need to have a tooth extraction, but this is always a last resort. If your teeth do have signs of decay, depending on the specific problem and your dental history, your dentist may opt for a dental crown, a dental bridge or a dental filling. General dentistry can help in preventative measures, but dental fillings, dental crowns and bridges are all fairly common. This is when your dentist will use substances such as porcelain, glass, gold, resin or amalgam to fill in your teeth, join the gap between your teeth or cap your teeth.


Why Choose a Local Family Dental Practitioner?

Here at Ipswich Family Dental Practice, we are experts in all things cosmetic and rehabilitative dentistry as well as general dentistry. We are dedicated professionals who take pride in servicing the whole family and we specialise in kids dentistry, dental fillings, cosmetic procedures and, of course, bi-annual checkups. If you are a Queensland local looking for a new trustworthy practice, Ipswich is your new go-to dental clinic.


Minimise your tooth decay and take care of your oral hygiene with Ipswich Family Dental Practice. Book an appointment online today or feel free to give us a call in Ipswich or Brassall.

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