Dental caries/decay is one of the most common health problems in Australia and the most prevalent chronic disease globally.
Plaque constantly forms on teeth. When consuming foods and drinks containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that dissolve tooth enamel. Plaque keeps these acids in contact with the teeth and overtime the enamel breaks down and cavities are formed.
If left untreated, tooth decay can result in pain, discomfort, bad breath, increased sensitivity and increased risk of requiring treatment such s fillings, root canal and extractions.
Dental caries can be prevented and/or the risks can be reduced.
Did you know?
- Over 90% of adults in Australia have had dental caries at some point
- Over one-third of Australian children have experienced decay in baby teeth by 6 years of age
- Almost one-quarter of have experienced decay in permanent teeth by 14 years of age
- Children and young people consume the most free sugars in any age group, making them high risk for the development of decay
Contact our dental practice in Dapto to have your comprehensive dental assessment and treatment planning.