Finding and Filling Cavities
According to the CDC, 90% of adults aged 20 and older have had at least one cavity, making tooth decay one of the most prevalent diseases in humans. The process of tooth decay begins when bacteria in your mouth produce acids that weaken or erode tooth enamel. When the cavity-causing bacteria (from sugars and starches) or highly acidic foods and beverages (like coffee or fruit juice) are in frequent contact with our teeth, a cavity will form. If left untreated, cavities can lead to severe infections that spread throughout the body.
Fortunately, cavities in their early stages can be easily treated with a dental filling. Dental fillings are common treatments to remove tooth decay and repair the function and appearance of the tooth.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent tooth decay:
Strengthen your enamel by using a fluoridated toothpaste and opting in to professional fluoride treatments from your dental hygienist.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of plain, non-carbonated water.
Address dry mouth problems often caused by medications by speaking with your doctor.
Brush and floss regularly with proper technique. A healthy oral hygiene routine includes brushing for two full minutes, twice per day and flossing once per day. Ask your dental hygienist for a demonstration to ensure you aren’t missing plaque in any areas of your teeth or gums without knowing.
Avoid high sugar or acidic foods that feed cavity-causing bacteria.
Maintain routine visits to your dentist – remember, prevention is key! Your dentist can help detect and treat cavities while they’re still small. With the right care from your dental team and a consistent routine of oral hygiene at home, we can prevent a great majority of dental disease.
For a healthy smile, schedule your next hygiene visit with us today.