Wisdom teeth decay occurs in impacted wisdom teeth which have not been kept clean. This leads to cavities and decay. If a wisdom tooth leans toward adjacent teeth (the second molars), it makes them more vulnerable to decay because it entraps debris and plague.
Gum disease and wisdom teeth decay also occur in partially erupted teeth because their positioning and hard-to-reach location make daily flossing and brushing more difficult. Partially erupted teeth allow for various bacteria to enter the area around the teeth, which leads to infection accompanied by general illness, jaw stiffness, swelling, and wisdom teeth pain.
What are the symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Decay, what should you watch for?
It should be noted that decay is not accompanied by any symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. In the early stages, it is easier to treat it successfully. Among the symptoms of tooth decay are discolored spots – black, brown, and gray – appearing on the teeth, an unpleasant taste in the mouth, bad breath, as well as toothache.
Another symptom of decay is tooth sensitivity, with patients feeling pain or tenderness when drinking or eating something sweet, cold, or hot. Toothache is a warning sign that there is a problem which, if ignored, may get worse, with the patient risking losing a tooth. In fact, it is recommended that adults under 18 years of age should have a checkup at least once a year and those over 18 should have it at least once every 2 years.
How to prevent wisdom teeth decay and decay in general?
Prevention includes oral hygiene and dietary modification. The amount of sugar consumed, for example, is less important than the frequency of sugar intake. In the presence of carbohydrates and sugar, bacteria in the oral cavity produce acids that act to demineralize cementum, dentin, and enamel. In addition, sticky and chewy foods, like candies and dried fruit, adhere to the tooth surface and stay longer.
So, they should be consumed as part of a meal. It is recommended to brush the teeth after every meal. Some kinds of cheese, for example, Cheddar, and milk help prevent tooth decay when consumed after having foods that are harmful to teeth. Finally, calcium, which is found in green vegetables, milk, and other foods, is also recommended to protect the teeth against tooth decay.