Anthropologists have studied human beings and their teeth for a long time. Many findings show that ancient humans, ones that were hunters and gatherers, did not face much tooth decay. The reason being that a diet without sugars, grains, and carbohydrates did not cause as much decay as diets with them. Once human beings started to depend on agriculture in their diet, there was a significant increase in tooth decay. While this brief history lesson may give you a glimpse into what may have caused a shift towards tooth decay in humanity, what is the origin story of decay in your own individual smile? Your dentist in Mansfield, TX, can help you detect and deal with tooth decay. 

How It Starts

Tooth decay is the process in which bacteria systematically destroys your natural tooth structure. Tooth decay starts at the enamel, your tooth’s outer layer. When harmful oral bacteria convert sugars and carbohydrates into acid, they can attack and weaken your enamel. Once enamel has begun to erode, the bacteria get into the main tooth structure to attack it, too. A cavity is created when a hole is made in the tooth by decay. Tooth decay can be prevented from starting in the first place. Keeping harmful bacteria from building up on your teeth’s surfaces takes consistent oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

How It Worsens

So, tooth decay can be prevented, which is very important, because once it develops, it will continue to destroy your tooth until treated. When left alone, the bacteria can reach the nerves and tissues at the tooth’s center, called the pulp, to cause quite a bit of pain, inflammation, and infection. Treating tooth decay at this severe stage becomes essential to relieving your pain and protecting your tooth from loss.

There are ways to protect your smile from tooth decay

We can help keep tooth decay away from your smile. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.