The Tale of the Tooth Worm

Posted by Jeanne V. Devi DDS on Nov 6 2018, 04:45 AM

Before modern dentistry, some people believed that cavities were caused by worms inside the teeth. The theory was widely accepted all around the world. For thousands of years, the concept survived. There were numerous theories on the appearance of tooth-worms. The gnawing worm was thought responsible for a variety of ills, most notably toothache caused by caries. Numerous remedies were used in popular medicine to remove the tooth worm. There were also magical formulas and oaths, in addition to the fumigations with henbane seeds, which allowed the "tooth-worm" to develop in the form of burst seeds. However, advances in dental medicine have demonstrated that tooth worms do not exist.

Saliva, bacteria, acids, and food particles make up plaque. Tooth decay happens as plaque accumulates and erodes the outer coating of your teeth. Cavities, commonly known as dental caries, are the outcome. Visit Jeanne V. Devi DDS to learn how to care for your teeth and get the best dental treatment for your specific needs.

What Is the True Cause of Tooth Decay?

We now know the true cause of tooth decay thanks to advances in dentistry. Plaque is formed when food particles, germs, and saliva combine to produce a film that adheres to your teeth. Tooth decay begins when carbohydrates and starches are left on your teeth for an extended period. Bacteria in the plaque consume sugary and starchy meals, resulting in the formation of acids.

Plaque's acids damage your enamel, the hard outer coating of your teeth. Over time, the acids and bacteria chip away at your enamel, causing damage to the dentin, the tissue beneath your enamel. If they go to the pulp or the center of your tooth, they might cause an infection. This results in significant swelling and dental pain.

What Are Cavities?

The destruction of dental enamel, also known as tooth decay, is caused by bacteria acids, which produce cavities or tooth decay. The toughest component of the body is the tooth enamel, which serves as the outer layer and most visible element of the enamel. Aside from the enamel, a dental cavity can also harm the dentin, the layer beneath the enamel.

How To Prevent Cavities

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Floss
  • Rinsing with mouthwash
  • Having regular dental cleanings and examinations
  • Using fluoride treatments 
  • Minimizing eating and drinking sugary beverages

Visit Jeanne V. Devi DDS at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101 for the best dental care, or call us at (626) 795-2544 to book an appointment.

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