Tooth decay affect millions of men, women and children. People become susceptible to the factors causing rotting teeth virtually the moment that their first baby teeth appear. The cause of rotting teeth is complex. But for sure, if it is left untreated, a rotting tooth is destined to become a dead tooth.
Tooth decay and rotting teeth the result of the demineralization of tooth enamel by the acid-producing bacteria that normally grow the human mouth. This is process is how cavities and rotting teeth appear discolored and translucent. In so-called "best-case" scenarios, the acid responsible for rotting teeth will create a small dental cavity. In worst-case scenarios, the acid will eat through the enamel and dentin into the pulp of the tooth producing first a toothache and then a dead tooth.
The amount of sugar and starchy foods you eat consumption creates the perfect environment for the growth of the acid-producing bacteria responsible for rotting teeth. This partially explains the alarming number of children who experience decayed or rotten teeth. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 6 out of 10 children in the U.S. will have a least one cavity filled by age 5. This is linked to:
- the omnipresence of sugary snacks;
- bottles of juice, milk, or formula to drink during the day or overnight;
- inconsistent oral hygiene.
Preventing rotten teeth takes common sense and commitment. The key to avoiding rotting teeth is reducing the amount of cavity-causing bacteria and dental plaque in your mouth. This requires a real commitment to good oral hygiene, including
- Brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day
- Using tartar-control toothpaste with fluoride
- Flossing daily
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash
- Cutting back on starchy and sugary foods
- Increasing saliva flow by chewing xylitol gum
- Regular dental cleanings by a dentist DDS, DMD or dental hygienist