Tooth decay is often referred to as cavities. As the name ‘cavities’ suggest, these are small holes that form in teeth. Cavities develop as a result of sugars on your teeth developing into bacteria. Bacteria forms into plaque, which is a sticky film that grows on the surface of the tooth. When plaque attacks your teeth, it eats through the enamel and causes tiny holes known as cavities. If left untreated, cavities can penetrate further into the tooth, eventually causing pain and discomfort at the tooth’s root.
Cavities can have a range of symptoms; these include:
- Holes that you can actually see on the surface of your teeth or pitted areas on your teeth.
- Tooth discoloration that appears as a brown or black stain and can also look like white marks on the teeth.
- Sensitivity in your teeth, which may cause pain when you drink or eat hot and cold foods and drinks.
- You may experience a toothache both when chewing or as a sharp, sudden pain.
As you may not notice you have a cavity until it reaches an advanced stage, the best course of action is to stop cavities from forming in the first place. Here are some of the ways you can keep your teeth healthy and prevent cavities from developing:
- Follow a good dental hygiene routine by brushing your teeth thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste twice per day and flossing to remove bacteria buildup from between the teeth.
- Avoid eating sugary foods and drinks such as candy and soda, as these will cling to teeth and allow bacteria to form.
- Schedule an appointment with the dentist regularly so that the early signs of cavities and other dental problems can be detected before they become more serious.
- Arrange a visit to the dentist as soon as you start experiencing issues with your teeth, such as pain and sensitivity, don’t wait weeks or months until your next consultation.
- Have regular dental cleanings performed by your dentist. Having a thorough, professional dental cleaning can eliminate the plaque and bacteria on your teeth before it develops into a cavity.
Whether you would like a general dental check-up or a dental cleaning to help with cavity prevention in Park City, Utah, Scott Chandler DMD can help. Schedule your consultation at our calm and friendly dental office in Park City today. Call us at 435-649-2078, and we will be happy to help you with your dental needs.