Yes! Tooth decay can be prevented with good oral hygiene, decreasing sugary foods and drinks, fluoride and routine dental check-ups.

Tooth decay begins on the outer layer of teeth, called the enamel. Plaque and sugar causes early tooth decay to progress into the deeper layers of our teeth, causing cavities, pain and tooth loss in severe cases.

Brushing our teeth twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and limiting sugar-rich foods and drinks, such as chocolates and fruit juices, reduces the plaque and bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Early intervention with regular dental check-ups is essential to identify areas of concern, determining risk factors, arrest tooth decay localised to the enamel, and remove decay that has progressed with dental fillings.

Oral Health Tip:

Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective in removing plaque when used correctly, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and subsequent tooth loss. However, studies indicate electric toothbrushes as clinically more efficient in improving oral health outcomes due to their oscillating motion and ease of use.

Enquire for a demonstration on correct tooth brush use at your next appointment, and see our range of Oral B electric toothbrushes.