What Is A Cavity?
What is a cavity?
Cavities are the permanently damaged areas in the hard surfaces of your teeth. Over 500 different types of bacteria are naturally present in your mouth. When the bacteria combines with food and saliva, it forms plaque that attaches to the surface of your teeth. The bacteria within the plaque then attacks the tooth enamel.
What can you do to help prevent cavities?
· Not only do sweets contribute to tooth decay, but carbohydrates may as well. All carbohydrates eventually convert into sugar and enamel attacking acid. Even some fruits and vegetables may contribute to tooth decay. Remember that every time you put a starch or sugar in your mouth, your teeth are under an acid attack for the next 20 minutes.
· Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is recommended however, despite your best effort you will not be able to reach every surface of your teeth, so it is important to see your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis.
· Fluoride is a natural substance that helps to slow down destruction of enamel by re-mineralizing the tooth structure. It is found in most toothpaste, mouthwash and in public drinking water. In office fluoride varnish treatments and MI pastes are also available.
How do you know if you have a cavity?
Unfortunately there are usually no symptoms at first. Typically there will also be no sensitivity unless the cavity is very large or the tooth is infected. Only a dentist can examine and determine if a cavity is present. That's why it is important to stay proactive and visit your dentist at least every six months.
Don't wait, be pro-active and call our office today to schedule an exam with Dr. Sangiv Patel.