What’s the Deal With Cavities?
It’s the dreaded C word associated with going to the dentist. Cavities, those unwanted holes in your teeth, represent the destruction of enamel. While prevention through regular brushing, flossing and professional dental cleaning is critical, cavities can still sneak their way into the mouth. If you suspect a cavity, it’s important to visit us as soon as possible to rectify your untreated dental caries.
What Causes Cavities?
It’s no secret that cavities are often caused by consuming sugary foods and drinks. The bacteria in your mouth can turn the carbs from foods like bread, candy and soda into acids. The combination of acid, bacteria, food particles and saliva combine to create plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids that are found in plaque eat away critical enamel. The result: a cavity.
How Are They Treated?
The decay is removed from the tooth,. a filling is then placed, this could be made of a variety of materials: composite resin, porcelain, silver alloy or gold.
Regardless of your age, sealants, which are a thin coating that is applied to the posterior teeth, to reduce your risk of tooth decay. Sealants provide an effective type of protection against breakdown of the biting surface of the posterior teeth.
Keeping your mouth free of holes is easily achievable when you commit to practising good oral hygiene habits. Brush and floss at least twice a day, and visit for regular checkups.