Did you know that more than 1 in 4 adults in the United States have untreated tooth decay, according to the CDC? Tooth decay is a common and often painful oral condition that should be treated as soon as possible. 

Stages of Tooth Decay

There are four primary stages of tooth decay. They are:

  1. Early enamel tooth decay
  2. Tooth decay into dentin
  3. Advanced tooth decay
  4. Abscessed tooth

The first two stages are typically not painful. The final two stages can be extremely painful.

Causes and Consequences of Tooth Decay

An untreated cavity can lead to an infection in the tooth which is called a tooth abscess. Untreated tooth decay also destroys the inside of the tooth. This requires more extensive treatment, or possibly removal of the whole tooth! Wondering what increases this risk? Eating carbohydrates such as sugars and starches increase the risk of tooth decay.

Prevention and Treatment

The best way to prevent tooth decay is to follow the dentist recommendations for tooth care – specifically brushing for 2 mins. twice every day, flossing, and rinsing with an oral care solution. This is considered the gold standard for preventative dental care. 

If you already have tooth decay that’s beyond prevention, it needs to be treated by a professional – in most cases by filling the cavity. 

ORCA Oral Pain Reliever

Whether you're on the run, late to a meeting, or dropping your dog off at the groomers, ORCA will stop your pain wherever you are. Drop it into your bag, in your car, or simply in your pocket for easy access. When oral pain strikes, we have the solution. We offer safe and effective non-pharmaceutical products made of non-toxic ingredients including essential oils, aloe vera and plant extracts. We are addressing the gap in oral pain management with a natural, user friendly approach!

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