Decay may or may not cause discomfort; even though it doesn’t hurt, the tooth is deteriorating.
Using higher magnification and powerful lighting, it is easier to detect decay at an early stage to prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat.
Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes the tooth looks healthy, but your dentist will be able to see from an x-ray whether you have any decay under the enamel, any possible infections in the roots, or any bone loss around the tooth.
These are the stages of gum disease:
Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush them are a sign of a type of gum disease, gingivitis.
When gingivitis is left untreated it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis, which affects the entire area surrounding the tooth, causing discomfort and difficulty when eating
Eventually this kind of infection can lead to tooth loss and may require invasive procedures to replace the missing tooth.
Minimised risk of tooth loss.
Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings.
Fresh, minty breath.