How to fix decaying teeth

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How to fix decaying teeth
An X-ray film showing fillings in the teeth, which is one way to fix decay. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Your teeth are very important to your overall health. You need your teeth to eat and nourish your body properly. Having a pretty smile gives you self-confidence, and healthy gums leads to a healthy body without polluting your bloodstream with dirty bacteria. The best way to keep your teeth healthy is to prevent and fix decaying teeth. There are many different steps to fixing decaying teeth depending upon how bad the decay has got.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Dentist
  • Toothbrush
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Fluoride mouthwash

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, floss between your teeth and following with a fluoride mouthwash. Follow this sequence twice a day to help reverse the first stages of tooth decay. This will clean away the deteriorating bacteria, and help restrengthen the enamel. Receive fluoride treatments from your dentist once every few months, which will help strengthen your tooth enamel.

  2. 2

    Have your dentist fill a cavity, which is a more advanced yet still smaller form of tooth decay. A cavity is when the decay has got through the enamel and, unless fixed, will continue to get increasingly worse. Cavities start very small and can be caught in these early stages if you visit the dentist every six months. To fill the cavity, your dentist will numb your tooth, drill out the decay and fill in the area with material to stop the tooth from decaying further.

  3. 3

    Crown severely decayed teeth by having your dentist replace most of your tooth with man-made material. Crowning a tooth is the next step after filling a cavity because now you are not able to save the tooth. You are having to rebuild the tooth. A crown will eliminate the decay and bacteria from your mouth, make the tooth more attractive and relieve yourself from pain caused by the decay.

  4. 4

    Get a root canal if the decay of the tooth is internal and the pulp of your tooth is infected from decay. This will relieve the pressure of the infection from the tooth.

  5. 5

    Remove the tooth if it is too decayed to be salvaged. Usually, you can replace teeth with implants, partials or false teeth. The main goal is to remove the decay from your mouth to make everything healthier.

Tips and warnings

  • The longer you wait to have something done to your teeth by your dentist, the more expensive it will be. Most dentists are great with pain management, and will work with you to make your experience as stress-free as possible.

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