Dental cavities are a common problem that affects many people. Although cavities can cause discomfort and pain, they do not always show symptoms until the condition is advanced. This means it’s critical to understand what causes dental cavities and how to recognize the symptoms, so you can take action as soon as possible. This blog will cover what dental cavities are, their symptoms, what causes them, and available treatment. We hope this helps you better understand your oral health and take steps to avoid developing cavities. So, let’s dive in!
Dental cavities, also known as caries or tooth decay, are a type of oral disease caused by bacteria that break down the enamel and dentin inside the teeth. They begin as tiny pits on the teeth’s outer surface. When tooth enamel is exposed to repeated acid attacks from plaque and bacteria in the mouth, the affected areas soften, forming holes in the enamel. Acid attacks can eventually weaken and break down the enamel, burrowing deep into the tooth’s inner layers where decay and cavity formation can become more serious. It is important to note that multiple factors can contribute to dental cavities, such as poor oral hygiene, specific bacteria, or even a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates. Insufficient dental care or a lack of access to professional dental services may significantly contribute to cavity development. Brushing and flossing on a regular basis helps remove food particles caught between teeth, which could otherwise promote acid attacks and worsen existing problems.
Common symptoms of dental cavities include:
· Increased sensitivity when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks
· Pain when biting, visible staining on teeth, and bad breath
· Food quickly getting stuck in crevices where these cavities have formed
Everyone must practice good oral hygiene in order to reduce their chances of developing dental cavities. This includes brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, avoiding excessive intake of sugary foods and beverages, regular visits to the dentist (every six months if possible) to check for signs of dental decay, and using sealants on molars and premolars. Furthermore, maintaining balanced saliva levels through frequent hydration and proper nutrition helps to reduce bacterial growth, causing fewer dental cavities overall. Regular dental visits are essential not only for preventing cavities but also for detecting them early when they are most treatable.
A dentist usually treats dental cavities. Treatment for dental cavities varies depending on the size and location of the cavity, as well as the extent of damage caused. Often, the first step in treating a cavity is to have it filled with a specially designed material for tooth decay, such as composite resin or silver amalgam. In some cases, the outer portion of the tooth may need to be replaced, which involves removing any unhealthy parts and adding a protective crown or veneer. When decay has already caused extensive damage to the inner structure of the tooth, including its root canals and nerves, root canal therapy may be necessary to preserve what remains of the tooth.
If multiple teeth have been affected by cavities and there is little healthy tissue left to save, dental implants or bridges might be recommended. With early diagnosis and careful treatment plans tailored to individual needs, people suffering from dental cavities can enjoy good oral health once again. Whatever treatment option is chosen, an important factor in preventing future cavities is practicing good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing daily and limiting sugar intake. With these practices in place, it’s possible to keep your teeth healthy for years to come To schedule your cavity check-up, call Cunning Dental Group at (855) 328-6646 today! Our team will gladly assist you with any questions and discuss how we can address any dental cavity problem you may have.