What’s one of the first oral issues that comes to mind when you hear that someone needs to make a trip to the dentist? If you guessed that they may have a cavity, you’re right. We always hear about cavities and how horrible they are, but what are they exactly and how can we prevent them? Read on to find out!
What Are Cavities?
A cavity is a small hole that develops in a tooth after the outer protective layer of your tooth, called the enamel, has been weakened by decay. Enamel is weakened by certain types of bad bacteria found in the mouth. This bacteria produces acid as it feasts upon sugars and starches that linger in your mouth after eating. In turn, this acid eats away at your teeth, creating cavities.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Cavities?
The symptoms of a cavity vary. Some people don’t have any symptoms at all! Many people aren’t even aware that they have tooth decay until it is detected by a dental professional. However, if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may have a cavity:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold
- Visible brown or black pits on the teeth
- White, brown or black staining on the tooth
- Pain when biting down
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
Some of the easiest ways to prevent cavities are as follows:
- Make it a habit to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time with fluoridated toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day
- Eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid snacking throughout the day
- Come in every six months for checkups and cleanings
We Can Help You Have Superb Oral Health!
If left untreated, cavities can spread and cause serious infection and eventual tooth loss. That is why you should come see Dr. Tin at least twice a year to be sure your mouth is free of tooth decay. If you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from tooth decay, please contact our Villa Vista Dental team to schedule an appointment at our Elk Grove dental office today.
Is your mouth cavity-free?