Badly treated caries causes serious illness

Cavities can cause rheumatoid arthritis and stomach problems.

If not treated in time, decay can cause everything from the loss of teeth, to more serious diseases such as endocarditis, rheumatoid arthritis and stomach problems.

The stomatology’s indicated that these secondary diseases derive from the bacteria that lodge in the deep cavities caused by caries that were not treated in time.

He explained that caries is a disease that results from the interaction of bacterial plaque and diet rich in carbohydrates, “the bacteria metabolize these hydrates producing acid which causes the pH of the mouth to decrease producing dental demineralization.”

The specialist said that the caries appears as a dark brown spot that starts in the enamel with a certain roughness or irregularity in the surface of the tooth where bacteria accumulate.

In the beginning, decay does not produce pain, but as the perforation of the tooth progresses, painful symptoms begin to manifest, although the absence of this symptom does not guarantee that the tooth is healthy, he said.

Although caries is a disease that can affect all stages of life, in adolescents, especially in the range of 12 to 17 years, is where there is a greater incidence, this because at this stage He has very little dental hygiene combined with a diet rich in carbohydrates, he said.

The treatment of caries will depend on how advanced they are and may involve the removal of the damaged piece; However, as in many other diseases, prevention is essential.

Avoid the consumption of products high in sugar and starches, such as soft drinks, while you must consume water regularly, as well as the use of fluoride, and make periodic visits to the dentist, which are effective tools in the prevention of cavities and other oral diseases.

He recommended brushing his teeth at least three times a day, consuming fiber-rich foods, changing the brush every three months as well as flossing and mouthwash.