Nearly everyone is affected by tooth decay at some point in his or her lives. Cavities can lead to discomfort and eventually, a risk of infection or possible tooth loss. However, by addressing the issue early, or taking steps to prevent them from developing, you can protect your smile. How do you avoid tooth decay?
Frequently Asked Questions About Avoiding Tooth Decay
Question: What causes a cavity?
Answer: A cavity occurs when bacteria reaches the layers of dentin beneath your tooth enamel. This may occur as a result of injury or poor oral hygiene weakening or damaging the enamel. You can help avoid decay by brushing and flossing daily, having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, and cutting back on sugary foods/drinks.
Question: What are possible warning signs of tooth decay?
Answer: Common warning signs that may indicate the presence of decay include tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot or cold temperatures, and toothaches that don’t subside after 48 hours. If you feel any discomfort in your teeth then please schedule an appointment with the dentist for a diagnosis. The doctor can then see if you need treatment for a cavity or another oral health issue.
Question: Do I need a filling?
Answer: If you have a cavity we will most likely recommend a filling. Using a metal-free composite resin, we will restore the tooth to full function and health. The resin is applied to the tooth after the decay has been removed. The doctor then shapes the material as it cures under a special light. The entire procedure takes one visit to complete.
Question: What happens if I don’t seek treatment?
Answer: Without treatment the decay will continue to spread, increasing discomfort. Eventually, bacteria may come in contact with the inner pulp, allowing an infection to develop. Without a root canal the infection can threaten the stability of the tooth and increase the risk of tooth loss. If you have any questions about avoiding tooth decay then please contact our office today.