Tooth decay may also be called root cavities, root decay, or root caries. It is a potentially detrimental oral health problem that needs immediate treatment to prevent severe dental damage. In this article, you can learn more about what tooth-root decay is, why it happens, how it’s connected to gum disease and soft tissue recession, and what treatments are available to repair your teeth and soft tissue.
There are many reasons you may experience root caries or gum tissue recession. Some of the most common include:
In some cases, patients don’t have symptoms at all related to root decay. In other cases, patients may experience a range of symptoms, including:
The appropriate treatment of receding gums and root caries depends on the reason for soft-tissue recession and the extent and severity of the tooth decay. Some of the most common treatments recommended for decay in tooth roots and gum recession include:
Regular brushing especially after meals at least twice a day.
Fluoride – Since all adults are susceptible to root decay, it is absolutely critical to understand that fluoride is not just for children. Fluoride can help to prevent, and in some cases, reverse cavities and can help decrease root sensitivity.
Eat nutritious and healthy meals avoiding sugars, sodas, alcohol, simple carbs like white bread and pasta.
Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and exams.
As we age we become more susceptible to dental diseases. A common but often initially unnoticed problem for seniors is root decay.
We’re all familiar with tooth decay in the crown, the visible tooth above the gum line. Bacteria feeding on leftover sugar in the mouth produce acid, which at high levels erodes the teeth’s protective enamel. This forms cavities and, if untreated, deeper infection within the tooth that could reach the bone via the root canals.
But gum recession (shrinkage), a common experience for people in their later years, can expose the root surfaces. As a result, the roots become much more susceptible to decay. And an ensuing infection could spread more quickly into the interior of the tooth than decay originating in the crown.
There are other things we can do to help prevent root cavities or limit their damage. We can apply fluoride varnish to strengthen the teeth and provide extra protection against cavities or prescribe a fluoride rinse for use at home. We can also keep an eye out and treat periodontal (gum) disease, the main cause of gum recession.
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