Cavities can impact patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. However, they are not inevitable. With the right preventive care, you can often avoid the onset of tooth decay. First, you need to understand how they form and what symptoms you should watch for.
Frequently Asked Questions About Avoiding Tooth Decay
Question: What causes a cavity to form?
Answer: Our teeth are protected by a strong outer layer of tooth enamel. A cavity can form once bacteria bypasses this layer, typically as a result pf injury o the tooth or simply poor oral hygiene. Once bacteria reach the layers of dentin beneath the enamel, the cavity can form will continue to grow worse until treated.
Question: What are the warning signs that you need treatment?
Answer: Patients may initially notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, as well as toothaches that don’t subside after 48 hours. If you have pain in your tooth, then see your dentist right away. We can perform a diagnosis to see if you require treatment or not.
Question: What happens if you don’t seek treatment?
Answer: Remember, the decay only grows worse, eventually allowing bacteria to come into contact with the inner pulp, where an infection or abscess can form. The tooth will then require a root canal and if not treated in a timely manner, could need to be removed to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth or into the jawbone itself.
Question: What steps can I take to avoid tooth decay?
Answer: First, remember that foods and drinks high in sugar and promote cavities, so try cutting back. We also recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and making sure your floss thoroughly before going to bed. You also need to have your teeth examined and cleaned once every six months. If you have any questions about avoiding tooth decay then please contact our team today.
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We can help you by taking steps to strengthen your smile and helping safeguard your smile against cavities.