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Common Diseases That Cause Tooth Decay

When the enamel on your tooth is destroyed, it will result in tooth decay. Enamel is the outer, visible layer of a tooth that plaque sticks to and will attack it if it is not removed. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that ends up on your teeth from the food you consume and anything you drink. The sugar and acids combined with the bacteria result in the sticky plaque that will allow acid to remain on your enamel and cause it to break down, which will ultimately damage your teeth. This is how cavities are formed and a number of other serious issues can arise, which is why it is so important to protect your enamel and prevent tooth decay.

There are a number of diseases that can lead to tooth decay, including the following:

Diabetes

Those with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing oral infections and gum disease in addition to tooth decay. Diabetes can also cause dry mouth and the healing process for any treatment is slower for patients with this condition. 

Oral cancer

Regular visits to your dentist are important for a number of reasons, including early detection of oral cancer, which can improve a patient’s overall health. Dental exams will help detect any issues that may be concerning or potentially dangerous and your dentist can review the information and proceed with treatment accordingly. Remember that a dentist can see and notice things that you can’t, so don’t skip any of your dental appointments.

Anemia

A decrease in the number of healthy red blood cells in your body will impact your oral health and will lead to the paleness of your gums. Healthy pink gums will fade to a whiter shade and the loss of colour will affect your teeth, tongue and overall mouth health.

Eating disorders

Both anorexia and bulimia will lead to severe consequences on the teeth and body and are serious issues that need to be addressed. Both disorders will prevent your body from receiving the proper nutrients, which makes it impossible to maintain good oral health. Vomiting regularly will bring acid up into the mouth, which will break down the enamel on your teeth. It also results in bad breath and worn teeth along with a swollen mouth, throat and glands. 

Heartburn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly referred to as heartburn, causes stomach acid to flow and remain in the mouth, which will break down the enamel, resulting in exposed dentin that bacteria can attack and ultimately lead to tooth decay. 

Forest Hill Family Dental can take care of all of your dental needs. We can help with everything from dental implants to dentures and offer cosmetic dentistry as well, so if you’re in the Kitchener area and want a dentist you can trust, give our office a call today and we will gladly schedule an appointment!