Tooth Decay FAQs

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Dr. Trupti Shirole
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Nov 12, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for tooth decay?

You must consult a dentist.

2. How can I prevent tooth decay?

Dental caries can be prevented only by maintaining good oral hygiene.
  • Brush at least twice a day and floss at least daily and wash mouth after eating food.
  • Regular dental examination, at least once in a year.
  • Fluoride is often recommended to protect against dental caries. Topical fluoride is also recommended to protect the surface of the teeth. This may include toothpaste or mouthwash containing fluoride.

3. Do sugars cause tooth decay?

Tooth decay is the result of many factors. Heredity, the make-up and flow of saliva, sugars and other carbohydrates such as starchy foods play a part. Bacteria on the teeth (dental plaque) feed on carbohydrates and make acids. The acids then break down the tooth to form a cavity. Frequent eating of snacks that contain carbohydrates, especially those that stick to the teeth, increase chances of decay. “Baby bottle mouth syndrome” is a significant cause of tooth decay in young children. Infants should not sleep with bottles filled with milk, formula or fruit juice, which have carbohydrates.

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