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Woodbourne Dental · Isle of Man


Tooth decay is a common oral health issue that affects many people, regardless of their age. It is a result of bacteria in the mouth producing acid that erodes the enamel on the teeth, leading to cavities and eventual tooth loss. To maintain good oral health and prevent tooth decay, it's important to understand the causes and to take preventative measures. Tooth decay is a preventable oral health issue that can be effectively managed with some simple lifestyle changes and regular visits to your experienced dentist. A dental check-up is the first step in maintaining good oral health and can help identify potential dental issues before they become more serious. If you are concerned about tooth decay, or if you haven't seen a dentist in a while, book your appointment at Woodbourne Dental. 


Tooth decay is a condition in which the enamel and other layers of the tooth are damaged by bacteria and acids. The damage causes a small hole, or cavity, to form in the tooth. Over time, if the cavity is not treated, it can grow larger and reach the inner layers of the tooth, causing pain, infection, and eventually tooth loss.


The naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth combines with food and drink to form a sticky film on your teeth, called plaque. Plaque can produce acid that erodes the enamel on the teeth, causing cavities to form. The absence of a good oral hygiene routine, and poor toothbrushing and flossing habits, cause more plaque to remain on your teeth and leads to cavities forming quicker. If left untreated, cavities can grow and eventually lead to tooth loss. Cavities, a form of tooth decay, are also more likely to occur if you eat sugary foods or consume high-sugar drinks frequently.


The good news is that tooth decay can be prevented with some simple lifestyle changes. Here are some tips to help you maintain good oral health and prevent tooth decay. By following these tips, you can help protect your teeth from tooth decay and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.


  • Brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and before bed.

  • Brush all surfaces of your teeth, including along the gum line.

  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and a good toothbrush. A low-fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children aged 18 months to six years, and standard fluoride for people over six years of age.

  • This helps to remove plaque from your teeth, reduce bacteria on your tongue, and prevent tooth decay.


  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth where toothbrushing can't.

  • Pick a dental floss that works well for you, and use proper flossing technique.

Healthy Diet

  • Eat a balanced diet that's low in sugar and starch.

  • Especially try to limit sugary and starchy foods between meals.

  • Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day.


  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Water helps to neutralize the acid in the mouth and rinse away food particles that can lead to plaque formation.

Dental Check-Ups

  • Visit your dentist regularly.

  • Regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings are essential to prevent tooth decay.

  • Your dentist can also detect and treat early signs of decay before they become more serious dental issues or lead to infection.


Depending on the extent of the damage from decay, your dentist can treat small cavities with dental fillings to seal the tooth from bacteria and to protect it against further damage. Other dental treatments, such as cosmetic bonding, inlays and onlays, veneers, and crowns may also be used to repair a tooth cavity. Our experienced dentists at Woodbourne Dental can recommend the best treatment to suit your dental situation and needs.

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