How do you get cavities? Well, cavities are what you get from tooth decay. When you let foods with carbohydrates like bread, cereal, milk, soda, fruit, cake, or candy stay on your teeth for a prolonged period of time before brushing - the bacteria in your mouth turns them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and your saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. If the plaque is not removed within 48 hours, it will start to break down the enamel on your teeth resulting in a cavity.
The best defense to prevent cavities is a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Eating sugary or starchy foods less will help reduce the amount of tooth-damaging acids in your mouth. Regular dental checkups are also a great way to detect cavities early.
Despite best efforts everyone gets a cavity at some point in their life. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a cavity:
- Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold water or food.
- A localized pain in your tooth or near the gum line.
- Teeth that change color.
If you think you may have a cavity, the dental hygienists at Summerlyn Dental Care will be more than happy to help. With many years of experience and frequent testing your teeth will be examined, the cavity will be identified, and a date will be chosen to repair your tooth at the earliest possible date. Your comfort and confidence are our highest priority and you will walk out of the office without the pain and discomfort that has bothered you for so long.
For more information about tooth decay and cavities or how to prevent cavities, contact the dental team at Summerlyn Dental Care in Bradford, Ontario.