Rotten Tooth Symptoms

Depending on your age and diet, there are many rotten tooth symptoms that can be attributed to tooth decay. At the first signs of discomfort and pain in your teeth or gums, consult your dentist to check for an infection.

If your tooth has decayed past the point of getting a filling, then a cleaning and other treatment options can help to restore your smile.

Signs and Symptoms of a Rotten Tooth

Rotten teeth are caused by destruction to the normal shape and structure of your teeth. As bacteria forms plaque around healthy teeth, sugary foods and acids can erode your enamel. Regular brushing and drinking plenty of water curb the effects of tooth decay, but in some cases the decay may lead to a rotten tooth.

Here are symptoms of rotten teeth due to decay:

  • Black Tooth—Indicates that your tooth is about to die due to a lack of pulp, dentin, or enamel.
  • Bad Breath—When your tooth begins to decay, you may notice a foul odor coming from the affected area.
  • Change in Size—A tooth that has lost enamel may appear smaller than other teeth.
  • Tooth Falling Out—If your tooth is completely rotted due to decay, it may simply fall out.
  • Sensitivity—Sensitivity and pain while drinking or eating certain hot or cold foods could indicate that your tooth is beginning to rot.
  • Swollen Gums—An infection is a sure sign of tooth rot. If your gums become swollen or red, you may be experiencing tooth decay.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist at the first signs of decay.

What Causes Teeth to Rot?

The number one cause of tooth decay is poor hygiene. Children and adults should brush twice a day and floss once a day to prevent harmful bacteria from bonding with sugars in your mouth and producing acid.

Other causes of rot include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Poor immune health
  • Dry mouth
  • High sugar intake

Treatments for tooth rot may include replacing the tooth altogether with root canals and extractions. Other methods of partial repair include fillings and crowns. Fluoride treatment can restore your enamel if the cavity is fresh.

Quality, Affordable Care At Kool Smiles

Finding the right dental care for you and your family doesn’t have to be a chore. At Kool Smiles, our professional network of dentists, orthodontists, pediatric specialists, and oral health experts are dedicated to fighting tooth decay and the oral health crisis. Find quality care and preventative educational services at more than 120 locations nationwide.

We want you to feel comfortable at Kool Smiles. For parents nervous about taking their kids in to clean a rotten tooth, our kid friendly dentists and pediatric specialists invite you to watch procedures in real time.

With Kool Smiles, you can expect a family-friendly atmosphere, professionalism, and affordable treatment to meet your needs. Contact Kool Smiles today to schedule an appointment for your child.

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Sources:

New Health Advisor: www.newhealthadvisor.com/Rotten-Teeth-Pictures.html