What Do We Understand About Dental Decay

What Do We Understand About Dental Decay

Examining the facts and causes surrounding the most common dental problem in the UK.

Very few of us will be lucky enough to go through life without experiencing at least some dental decay.

Hopefully though, through twice yearly checks at Blue Sky Dental, any decay detected will be caught in time for the patient to receive just a small and straightforward filling.

Anyone that chooses to miss their dental appointments however, runs the risk that the decay might spread and eventually need more invasive treatment such as root canal work, a dental crown, if not a tooth extraction.

What is decay?

Tooth decay is by far the most common dental problem in the UK. Whilst there has been some progress in its reduction over the years, largely through education, it is still widespread, and, as has been reported, is especially so in young children. The decaying of teeth is caused by bacteria and acids inside the mouth which attack the teeth. These acids become especially prevalent when we consume a high sugar diet and/or neglect the daily care of our teeth.


Decay can have many symptoms, the most noticeable and painful of which is, of course, a toothache. This is not the only symptom though and others may include:

  • Unpleasant breath
  • A nasty taste in your mouth
  • Extra soreness or sensitivity
  • Coloured patches appearing on your teeth


You should not wait until any of these symptoms appear before you take action. Prevention is by far the best approach to tooth decay and other pernicious but avoidable oral health problems such as gum disease.

By using a fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth at least twice a day, you will be going a long way to prevent tooth decay. The addition of flossing is also extremely effective in removing the particles of food and bacteria that find their way in hard to reach places between the teeth. Diet too is very important, and, increasingly, there is an acknowledgement of the damage that our high sugar diet is doing not only to our teeth and gums, but our overall health too.

If you are a dental patient from Chelmsford, we also recommend that you are seen by one of our dentists and hygienists twice a year so that we can monitor your teeth and gums, and, where a filling is needed, this can be done as minimally as possible.

If you have fallen out of the habit of visiting a dentist, please call Blue Sky Dental today on 01245 211070 to arrange an appointment to be examined by one of our team.

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