Prolonged tooth decay can lead to cavities, which require immediate dental attention. Our friendly family dentists offer options like tooth-colored fillings to fill your cavity.
Causes of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay and cavities are caused by a buildup of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Over time, these bacteria wreak havoc on the enamel outside your teeth and the dentin material within them.
Certain foods are more harmful than others, specifically when they’re rich in sugar and carbohydrates. Soda, candy, brownies, and even milk harbor destructive bacteria that eats away at your teeth. Ideally, through regular brushing and flossing, the harmful substances will be removed quickly from your mouth. Left there, however, they quickly break down into damaging, sticky plaque.
Plaque harmonizes with the leftover food particles to create harmful acids. Together, they rapidly destroy your enamel and teeth. Worse yet, if cavities are left to fester, they can cause more damage and require a root canal.
With all this in mind, it’s important to brush at least three times a day, which breaks up the food particles and helps remove the harmful bacteria from your mouth before it can cause much damage.
Tips for Preventing Cavities
First of all, brush three times a day, and floss regularly. Good oral hygiene is your first defense against cavities and tooth decay. Make sure your toothpaste has enamel-strengthening fluoride. If you can’t brush after every meal, at least rinse your mouth out with water.
Your mouth’s own saliva contains special chemicals to rinse away harmful materials, making it a natural way to battle cavities. Chewing sugarless gum can help stimulate saliva production and rid your mouth of bacteria.
Your dentist can also apply sealants to protect your teeth from cavities, although brushing is still important.
- Increased sensitivity to cold or hot substances
- Pain in your tooth or near the gum line
- A change in your tooth’s color
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact our dental office right away.
Schedule an Appointment with our Fuquay-Varina Family Dentists
If you suspect tooth decay or a cavity, don’t put off getting treatment! Catching it now may help you avoid painful root canals in the future. Use the form below or call 919-552-2431 to request your appointment.