Prevent Cavities Before They Become Problems
The early prevention and treatment of cavities is the easiest way to ensure you will never lose a tooth to decay. Cavities are more common in children, but anyone who has teeth can get cavities.￼
What is a Dental Cavity?
When you snack frequently, consume sugary drinks, or do not brush or floss your teeth properly, you create the most favorable conditions for cavities. Cavities, a type of tooth decay, begin as minute openings or minuscule holes in your teeth. When cavities are not detected or corrected, a more serious dental problem may occur. Cavities constitute one of the most common health issues around the world for children, and infants and adults experience tooth decay as well.
When you pay no attention to a cavity and do not seek dental treatment, the cavity inevitable grows larger. As the cavity increases in size, you may experience a toothache, an infection, or tooth loss, along with other dental complications. If you are located in the Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, or the North Seattle, WA area, a simple office visit to Distinctive Dentistry, along with good brushing and flossing habits, can help prevent cavities and tooth decay.
What Causes a Dental Cavity?
Over time, destructive processes in the structure of your tooth can cause a dental cavity. Cavities, in turn, create toothaches. The dental cavity not only affects the outer surface of the tooth (the enamel) but also the inner layer of the tooth (the dentin).
Your teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay when the foods that you eat contain sugars and starches (breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy). When you consume these types of food, particles can linger in your mouth and between your teeth, and then, the bacteria in your mouth starts to digest the foods and produce acids. When your mouth contains bacteria, the acid, food debris, and saliva unite to create plaque, a sticky substance that builds up on your teeth. The buildup of plaque on your teeth, along with its acidity creates holes – cavities. The dental team at Distinctive Dentistry will gladly discuss with you what you can do to stop tooth decay and eliminate cavities.
How Can I Tell if I Have a Dental Cavity?
Most times, telltale indicators of a dental cavity and tooth decay are the size and location of the cavity. As the cavity begins to develop, you may not have any indicators, but as the tooth decay increases in size, you will be able to tell a cavity is in the making by the following indicators:
- You have a toothache
- You have a sensitivity in your tooth
- You have a mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking sweet, hot, or cold products
- You have a visible hole or pit in your teeth
- You have pain when you bite down
What Should I Do if I Have a Dental Cavity?
If you suspect that you are developing a dental cavity, you will want to schedule an office visit with Distinctive Dentistry as soon as possible. By addressing the dental cavity in its early stage, Dr. Streit can take preventative measures to prevent further tooth decay and to eliminate a possible toothache. Call Distinctive Dentistry today to avoid cavities tomorrow.