Cavities are the number one cause of tooth loss, so it is important to know how to identify them, prevent them and ultimately, treat them.
Known as, ‘tooth decay’ in medical terms, cavities are the most common dental malady and the second most common health condition, after the common cold (according to the National Institute of Health).
Fortunately, they can be discovered in early stages and treated, so as not to cause any problems in the future.
Causes Of Cavities
Improper dental hygiene.
Lack of fluoride.
Chronic diseases or medication which inhibits saliva production.
A diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates.
Symptoms Of Cavities
Incipient cavities have little to no symptoms.
You may feel a slight sensitivity to cold and a mild discoloration on the tooth surface in the initial stages of the cavity when the enamel is demineralized (soft).
When the cavity advances further into the tooth, a dark spot appears, and the tooth sensitivity increases. Lastly, when the tooth’s pulp is affected, it becomes painful and you can often time feel holes in the tooth.
Depending on how advanced the cavity is, there are different types of dental treatment procedures.
The average cavity will require a basic filling.
Fillings require removing the affected portion of the tooth and replacing it with a material that is resistant.
The most popular fillings are porcelain and composite resins, as they can perfectly mimic the color of natural teeth.
Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
Minimize the intake of products high in sugar and simple carbohydrates.
Visit Bathurst College Dentistry a minimum of every six months for a complete check-up.
Contact us at 416 925–0154 to schedule an appointment today.
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