Cavities are one of the most common dental concerns for children, teenagers, and adults. The sooner you get a cavity treated, the better it is for your overall oral health. At Chandler Dental Arts in Chandler, Arizona, Mital Patel, DDS and the team of experts is available to fill your cavities and make sure you are taking proper care of your teeth. Call Chandler Dental Arts or book an appointment online today to learn more about cavities and how to treat them.
Also known as tooth decay, cavities are tiny holes in your teeth that form when your teeth are damaged due to decay. While many people think only children get cavities, they are common throughout adulthood. In fact, as you age, your gums begin to recede from your teeth, exposing your teeth to plaque that ultimately leads to cavities.
Plaque, a sticky film on your teeth, is what causes cavities, which is why it’s important to floss regularly and brush twice a day. Some of the most common reasons for plaque buildup on your teeth include:
While cavities may be common in children and adults alike, they can lead to serious complications when left untreated, including:
If you or your child experiences pain or discomfort from cavities, it’s important to make an appointment with Dr. Mital Patel right away for treatment.
Cavities are typically drilled and filled with a substance made out of porcelain, composite resin, silver alloy, or gold, but your cavity treatment depends entirely on the severity of your tooth decay.
If the decay is so severe that there isn’t much tooth yet, Dr. Patel may recommend removing the decay and fitting you for a dental crown. Should your tooth pulp become infected, he will also suggest scheduling a root canal to eradicate the infection entirely.
Cavities are entirely preventable with proper oral hygiene. The following tips can help you prevent tooth decay:
Snacks and drinks filled with sugar create acids that break down tooth enamel. While a couple of treats are fine, frequent snacking makes it difficult to flush out harmful bacteria with brushing and drinking water alone.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, and tea all create saliva flow in your mouth, which helps rid your teeth of harmful bacteria that can build up and lead to cavities.
Fluoride helps clean your teeth and prevent plaque buildup. While most tap water contains fluoride, it’s important to seek out toothpaste that contains fluoride as well.
The easiest way to prevent cavities is to brush twice a day — more if you’re a frequent snacker — and floss regularly.
To learn more about how you can prevent or treat cavities, call Chandler Dental Arts today or book an appointment online.