Hearing from your dentist that you have a cavity is never good news. A cavity is an area of your tooth that is permanently damaged. While we can do several things to prevent cavities, how can you identify that you might need to see a dentist to remedy your tooth decay?
The good news is that cavities are among the world’s most common health problems. More than 80% of Americans have at least one cavity by the time they hit their 30s. The bad news is that if cavities are not treated, they can get bigger and impact deeper layers of your teeth.
Acids in the mouth that eat at a tooth’s enamel cause cavities. If you eat many sugary, starchy foods and drinks, the bacteria in your mouth will feed on that and convert those carbohydrates into acids. Your saliva will mix with the acid, bacteria, and food to form plaque, which coats your teeth. Cavities can result from improper brushings, which is common in children. It can take up to three years for a cavity to form.
You may not always be able to identify that you have a cavity from the comfort of your home. This is why regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential. Either way, the earlier you detect a cavity, the better. As the tooth decay grows, you may experience signs or symptoms such as:
Spontaneous pain- either for no reason or when you bite down
Visible pits in your teeth
Staining on your teeth
Proper oral hygiene will help eliminate the plaque and acids that cause cavities. Here are some things to do to prevent cavities:
Cut back or eliminate starchy, sugary food and drink
Brush at least twice a day
Dental check-ups every six months
If it is time for you to have a regular check-up or think you might have a cavity, reach out to Value Dental Care. Our trained staff is always ready to help you with all of your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email us or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.