Tooth Decay

Tooth decay happens when a tooth breaks down. This break down can cause a hole in the tooth that can get bigger and deeper over time. Treatment is needed right away.

HOME CARE

To prevent tooth decay:

  • Brush your teeth and floss every day.

  • Make and keep all regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever over 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You see redness and puffiness (swelling) of the face, jaw, or neck.

  • You cannot open your mouth.

  • You have severe tooth pain not helped by medicine.