Sometimes, however careful you are with your oral hygiene routine, you may still require a filling as a result of tooth decay caused by plaque or trauma.
Plaque forms when acid produced by bacteria in your mouth interacts with sugary substances from foods and drinks. Plaque must be removed as thoroughly as possible to prevent damage to the tooth enamel and the softer dentine, which can compromise the tooth.
Once you develop tooth decay, you and your dentist at the Italian Dental Clinic will need to decide the best form of treatment to proceed. If the decay is only moderate, (sometimes known as dentine decay) a regular filling will be required. If the decay has developed to a more serious level, by moving internally as far as the nerve, then root canal treatment will be required.
At home, you can reduce your intake of acidic foods. When drinking smoothies or juices use a straw to minimise contact between the acid and the tooth. Also, limit sugary foods and fizzy drinks, especially for children. For the best at-home tooth care, use a soft bristled brush and change it every 3 months. Ask your dentist to recommend a fluoride mouth wash.