Risk Factors for Tooth Decay

Updated on Tuesday 23rd August 2016

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Tooth decay is a big oral health problem in most industrialized countries, affecting 60–90% of children and adults.

The first sign of tooth decay is a small patch of demineralized enamel at the tooth surface, frequently hidden from sight in the gaps of teeth or in between the teeth. The damage extends into the smoother and sensitive part of the tooth underneath the dentine. 

The deteriorated enamel then falls down to create a cavity and the tooth is gradually damaged. 

Our dentists in Dubai can offer proper treatment plans for patients who deal with tooth decay, in our modern dental clinics.

Caries also attack the roots of teeth and they become exposed by gum recession. Older adults deal with this kind of problem.

Tooth decay risk factors

Risk factors for tooth decay are those related with an amplified chance of illness or infection. They may be connected to a disease, but do not essentially cause it. Here are the main risk factors for tooth decay:

•    insufficient saliva flow runs to dry mouth or if the capacity of your saliva to neutralize acid is reduced, protection against decay is compromised.
•    noticeable plaque that you can see means there is plenty of it. And if your mouth is acidic, the plaque is particularly disposed to decay making bacteria.
•    numerous medicines can produce mouth dryness and in addition, illnesses that result in lack of saliva develop reduced capacity to neutralize acid. Both considerably upsurge the risk of tooth deterioration.
•    acidic beverages or foods not only upsurge the growth of acid bacteria, but they can also produce destruction of surface.
•    other situations, like anorexia or bulimia  and Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can generate extremely acidic conditions in the mouth producing harsh erosive injury to teeth.

After a brief examination, the dentist in Dubai will offer the suitable treatment plan for every patient who deals with tooth decay

Tooth decay treatment

If your risk for tooth decay is high, it can be diminished or eliminated. Some of the newer and more precise procedures are offered by our dentists in Dubai, such as:

•    rinses comprising not dangerous dilution of sodium hypochlorite solution that can kill bacteria and raise pH. Other products available are meant to settle an acidic mouth and encourage more standard bacteria;
•    fluoride comprising products strengthen enamel surfaces, making them more resistant to deterioration while urging re-mineralization;
•    rinses comprising chlorhexidine, an antibacterial agent that is used to reduce bacterial counts, thereby disrupting their ability to produce infection;
•    Xylitol, a natural “sugar alcohol” utilized for years as a sweetener and substitute to sugar is known to disturb the ability of acid-producing bacteria to thrive and attach the teeth. Xylitol is found in rinses, sprays, breath-mints and chewing gum.

It is good to know that our dental clinics in Dubai are properly equipped with high-class technology. You can contact our dentists in Dubai for additional information about the risk factors for tooth decay


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