Tooth decay is damage that is caused by a build-up of dental plaque, causing sugars in food to be turned into acid. If allowed to build-up, this can lead to complications such as caries and gum disease. Symptoms of tooth decay may include:
-Toothache: Sharp or continuous pain
-Sensitivity: Tenderness or pain when eating or drinking
-Dark spots appearing on the tooth surface
-Unpleasant taste in the mouth
Fortunately, by taking good care of the teeth and reducing your sugary food intake, early-stage tooth decay can be reversed. A fluoride-heavy product or toothpaste is most often recommended to help to protect the teeth by strengthening the enamel, making the teeth more resistant to the acids from plaque which can develop into tooth decay. Some of these toothpastes and special products to help with decay prevention can be found in this category.