Dental Cavities are also known as tooth decay or caries. If you have a cavity, it is a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of your teeth creating tiny openings or holes. You get cavities through unhealthy eating, frequent snacking and not cleaning your teeth well. Tooth decay is among the world’s most common health problems and if untreated lead to severe toothaches, infections and loss of teeth. We want you to avoid these issues and have some prevention tips below.
There are ways that cavities get into your mouth without you even suspecting it. The below is a list of some of these risky cavity maneuvers.
1. Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any apparent cause 2. Pain when biting down 3. Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold 4. Visible holes or pits in your teeth 5. Sensitive teeth 6. Brown, black or white staining on any surface of your teeth
1. Teeth that are harder to keep clean like back teeth (molars and premolars) 2. Food that clings to your teeth for a long time like hard candy and honey 3. Lots of snacking and sipping causing your teeth to wear down 4. Feeding your infants during bedtime or when toddlers wander around drinking from a sippy cup or bottles with liquids that contain sugar
5. Young children and teenagers or older adults 6. Dry mouth 7. Lack of or too little flossing 8. Fillings and dental devices, easier for plaque build-up in certain zones that are hard to get to9. Heartburn causes dentin attack 10. Too little an amount of fluoride being used 11. Eating disorders causing stomach acid interfering with saliva production
*Note that plaque builds up on your teeth within 20 minutes of eating so be sure to brush it away.
1. Drink tap water because it often contains fluoride 2. Consider getting dental sealants 3.Visit the dentist on a regular basis 4. Brush with fluoride toothpaste after eating or drinking 5.Rinse your mouth 6. Combine treatments like chewing xylitol-based gum along with prescription fluoride and an antibacterial rinse
We want you to be aware of signs for caries so you know when to visit us at Cambrian Dental.
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