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Can Your Teeth Really Rot?

added on: April 28, 2016

Are my teeth rotting?Have you ever heard somebody explain another person’s teeth as “rotten”? You likely get the picture – their teeth are discolored, brown, and may have holes in them, but are they really rotting?

What Your Dentist Means by Rotten Teeth

In reality, when your dentist talks about cavities or decay, he is really referring to your teeth as rotting. This is an extremely common dental problem that affects millions of people around the world, and it results when the tooth enamel becomes demineralized by bacteria in your mouth. This chemical process causes cavities to appear, and in many cases, the tooth can look discolored and “rotten.” In the best possible case, a small cavity will be produced, but in the worst scenarios, the acid can eat through the tooth into the pulp and will eventually cause the tooth to die.

How to Tell if Your Tooth is Rotting

In its earliest stages, you might not be able to tell that your tooth is starting to rot, but your dentist can detect the problem via X-rays and a physical exam. That is why it is so important to see your dentist every six months. However, once decay has been allowed to progress, your teeth can experience increased sensitivity. Once the tooth actually appears to be rotten, it is likely that damage has taken place that won’t be reversible, and the tooth may need to be extracted.

What You Can Do About It

When it comes to rotten teeth, prevention is the most important thing. To prevent rot, you’ll need to reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth by implementing a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth several times of day with fluoridated, tartar control toothpaste. You’ll also need to floss, cut back on sugary foods, and visit with your dentist regularly.