Signs, Treatment & Prevention of Tooth Decay

Richview Family Dentistry wants you to know all about tooth decay from the signs to look for, how to prevent it, and what treatment to seek if you have tooth decay

Tooth decay is very common and roughly 8 out of 10 people have one or more teeth with decay. 

Those with higher risks of tooth decay include

  • The elderly
  • Those on medication containing sugar
  • Dry mouth sufferers
  • People with diabetes
  • People with receding gums
  • Those who have poor oral hygiene


  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Dark spot on the surface of your tooth


  • In the early stages, your dentist may apply a fluoride varnish onto the area to help stop decay from getting worse.
  • If the decay is not too serious, your dentist can remove the decay and repair the tooth with a filling.
  • If the nerve in the middle of your tooth is damaged, you may need a root canal to repair the tooth with a filling or crown.
  • If a tooth is so badly decayed that it cannot be repaired, you may have to have the tooth removed. The dentist will then suggest replacing the tooth with a bridge, denture, or implant.


  • The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing your teeth thoroughly, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Make sure you brush the inner, outer, and biting surfaces of your teeth carefully and along the gumline. 
  • Flossing regularly helps to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth.
  • And most importantly, have regular checkups with your dentist.

If it has been a while since your last check-up or if you are new to the area and looking for a family dentist, give us a call today at (931) 647-2243. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry!