Multiple factors can cause a cavity to form, leading to discomfort and eventually, a greater risk of infection or abscess. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing them. What can you do to stay cavity-free? What happens if your tooth remains untreated?
Try Our Quiz on Avoiding Tooth Decay?
1. True or False: Our foods and drinks can weaken tooth enamel.
2. True or False: Toothachescould be a sign of decay.
3. True or False: Routine checkups and cleanings help your smile stay healthy.
4. True or False: Routine homecare can help you avoid decay.
1. True. When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches, we can coat the teeth in particles that bacteria will break down. In the process, the teeth become covered in plaque buildup and the level of oral acidity can rise. Combined, these factors weaken tooth enamel, leading to erosion and eventually, a cavity.
2. True. When a cavity forms, patients may start to encounter discomfort. They may notice an initial sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or eventually, a toothache that doesn’t subsided. If you have persistent pain in your tooth, then please contact us for a diagnosis and if necessary, to discuss treatment options.
3. True. During a checkup, we can look for signs of developing decay or erosion. If encountered in the early stages, we can often treat the issue before you develop any discomfort. In addition, a cleaning can help prevent decay (as well as gingivitis and gum disease) by removing the layers of plaque from the teeth.
4. True. Routine homecare can help limit the amount of plaque that forms on your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. We also suggest you cut back on foods and beverages high in sugar.
Do You Have an Aching Tooth?
At Family First Dental, we understand the causes of decay and how to spot the warning signs. We can help you stay free of dental cavities. If you would like to schedulean appointment, call Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.