You’ve been 3-0 the past couple of years. Yeah, almost 2 years cavity free. That’s a nice record, but this appointment with your dentist in Clarksville just ruined your streak! You have a cavity in the back of your mouth!
If you’re concerned with maintaining good oral health (as you should be), cavity prevention should be a priority in your dental routine. Learn more about cavities and how to prevent them in this week’s blog post.
You don’t know much about cavities except one thing: you know that it’s bad for your smile to have them. Getting familiar with cavities can help you improve your oral hygiene routine and prevent them.
You should begin with learning that cavities are developed by tooth decay. But what causes this “tooth decay?” Decay begins with plaque buildup and tartar formation. It can also be catalyzed by the amount of sugar you eat. It shows up as dark spots in your smile, rotting away at your teeth. Eventually, this spot turns into a cavity or a pit of tooth decay.
The Signs of a Cavity
Because the signs of tooth decay take a while to show and develop over time, you should get assistance from a dentist to receive dental x-rays. These images can help spot the earliest signs of decay. However, some patients may experience these symptoms:
- Visible holes in your teeth
- Brown, black or white staining
- Pain when you bite down
- Spontaneous pain
- Tooth sensitivity
Cavity Prevention is Key!
As you can tell, preventive care both at home and from your dentist is the key to preventing pits of decay from developing within the smile. Be sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes per session, twice a day. Don’t forget to floss to remove plaque from between your teeth, too!
Your local dental team will also discuss preventative services that can save your teeth from developing cavities, like fluoride treatments to strengthen the enamel layer of your smile (protective layer). Your dentist may also discuss getting dental sealants to keep decay from the pits of your teeth—especially those deep crevices in the molars that usually catch food.
Cavity prevention begins with your dental routine at home, but you should always know that your local dentist is here to assist you throughout your entire dental journey.
About Our Office
Our team here at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry believes that cavity should always be a focal point in preventive care, no matter if you’re a child or an adult. If your child eats a lot of sugar, it’s best to have them visit us more than twice a year to keep their smile cavity free. Learn more about how our office can help you by giving us a call today!