The Truth About Dental Cavities That You’ll Want to Know
In many ways your dental health is progressive. For example, cavities (technically referred to as “caries”) do not happen “overnight.”
Tooth decay is the culprit. If you want a jump-start it’s vital that you make preventive dentistry a top priority, including your regular dental examinations and a professional teeth cleaning with your dental hygienist a minimum of two times per year.
Sugar is only the beginning
The association between sugar and dental cavities is accurate. It’s common knowledge that the amount of sugar you consume in foods and beverages is not optimum for your teeth and gums.
That said, sugar isn’t the primary “suspect.”
It would be difficult to eliminate any and all sugar from your diet. What’s doable IS controlling how long it stays on your teeth and gums.
Sugar’s accomplice is oral bacteria. The bacteria present in your mouth feed on sugar and other food particles that are not removed from your teeth or from between your teeth and gums.
Once bacteria begin their assault it’s not long until you start to experience symptoms of tooth decay. The result of decay is…wait for it….cavities.
The earlier the better
Your decay weakened teeth are vulnerable to cavities. Again, this makes it all the more important to stay current with your dental check-ups.
Here are a few symptoms, in case you were wondering:
- Tooth discoloration
- Increased teeth sensitivity
- Noticeable holes, openings, or pits in your teeth
- A toothache that persists
Contact our dental office if you experience these conditions. There are treatments that can strengthen your teeth, such as fluoride, to avoid further tooth damage.
Decay that has created a cavity must be treated or you risk more costly dental treatment. Dental fillings, a dental crown, or an inlay or onlay are common treatments for dental cavities. In extreme cases, a root canal can be necessary to save your tooth.
Cavities don’t suddenly appear. Make sure they don’t by maintaining good oral health habits at home and by staying current with your professional dental care including routine check-ups and teeth cleanings.
Contact your Roswell dentist about any signs of tooth decay or a dental cavity. Schedule you and your family’s next oral examination and teeth cleaning.