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Top Things to Know About Cavities
From a very young age, we learn about dental health and cavities. As children, our parents celebrated a cavity-free trip to the dentist, and as adults, we sigh with relief when we get the all-clear at our dental appointments. So, what are the top things everyone needs to know about cavities?
What is a Cavity?
The best way to describe a cavity is a hole in your tooth resulting from acid erosion. The bacteria in your mouth that breaks down food produces tooth enamel-destroying acid. Cavities can affect us at any age. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 9 out of 10 adults over 20 have had one or more cavities.
How Are Cavities Formed?
Cavities can take up to three years to form. While not every cavity is formed the same way, they all are formed through a perfect storm of saliva, bacteria, and food colliding in your mouth. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugary and starchy foods and drinks that you consume, converting them into acids. These acids mix with saliva to form a plaque that coats your teeth and can wear away at the tooth’s enamel.
What Are the Signs That You Have a Cavity?
Your mouth gives you several clues that you may have a cavity. The sooner you catch dental decay, the better. If cavities are left untreated, they can get bigger and impact deeper layers of your teeth. Schedule an appointment with your dental professional immediately if you have any of these signs or symptoms.
Spontaneous pain- either for no reason or when you bite down
Visible pits in your teeth
Staining on your teeth
How Are Cavities Treated?
Treating a cavity is a reasonably quick process. First, your dentist will drill away at the decayed portion of the tooth and then fill the hole with a filling made of porcelain, silver, gold, or amalgam.
How Can You Prevent Cavities?
The best way to prevent cavities is with proper oral hygiene to eliminate the plaque and acids that cause 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 your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.