With October here, your children will most likely be celebrating Halloween in a few short weeks. While we love dressing up and the occasional sugary snack, indulging in too much candy can soon lead to decay. Cavities can be scary because they endanger our smile and cause discomfort. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your smile from the onset of tooth decay, no matter how old or young you are.
What Causes Cavities?
A cavity occurs when harmful bacteria comes into contact with the sensitive layers of inner tooth structure called dentin. While enamel typically protects the inner tooth structure, poor oral hygiene or damage can compromise the enamel and allow bacteria to reach the dentin. Treating the issue in a timely manner is paramount, otherwise the decay could soon progress into a serious infection, further threatening the health and stability of the tooth.
The Warning Signs of a Cavity
Once the cavity forms, the patient will eventually experience sensitive teeth or possibly a toothache. Don’t ignore any discomfort, a this could be a warning sign. Instead, contact your dentist for a thorough exam and diagnosis. If necessary, we can recommend treatment options.
Treatment and Prevention
We often treat a dental cavity by placing a lifelike composite filling. For more serious cases of decay, we can also place a natural looking ceramic crown.
There are also steps you can take to help protect your smile from decay. For example, we recommend cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, as well as drinks you may not think pose a risk, such as sports drinks. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss before going to bed. Finally, make time every six months for a routine dental cleaning to remove plaque and safeguard your smile.
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