Posted on 11/25/2018 by Dr Jonathan Ford
|Cavities or tooth decay is a common dental issue that many of our patients struggle with. Many new patients have the same question: is there a cure for cavities?
There isn't any way to reverse or heal a cavity, but we can repair the damage with fillings or even extract the tooth and replace it with an implant. Since there's no true cure, the main thing you should focus on is learning how to prevent cavities from forming in the first place.
What Causes Cavities?
To prevent cavities, you first need to know what's causing them. Any time you eat, food particles and other bacteria stick to your teeth and gums. Over time, this leads to the formation of plaque, a sticky gunk that clings to the mouth. The bacteria in plaque then create acid that eats through the enamel on your teeth.
Over time, this causes the enamel to break down, creating holes or cavities in the tooth. If left untreated, the bacteria will continue creating acid and breaking down the tooth until there's nothing left. As this occurs, it will expose the nerve at the root of the tooth, causing pain.
The first step to preventing cavities is to brush regularly. Brushing at least twice a day (preferably three times) and flossing daily will help remove plaque, trapped bacteria, and food particles stuck in your teeth. The fluoride in your toothpaste will help your teeth repair their enamel.
By coming in to see us for regular cleanings, we can make certain that your teeth are as clean as possible so that there's very little chance of cavities forming.
Monitoring your diet is another way of preventing cavities. Cut out as many sugary treats as possible so that bacteria have nothing to feed on. Also make sure you're staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet.
If you haven't had a professional cleaning in at least six months, it's time. Call us today to set up an appointment so we can help you prevent cavities.
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