Cavities are one of the most commonly known dental issues and something everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may wonder, “Do I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. We have all experienced this fear! Luckily, treatment for and prevention of cavities are simple and more accessible than ever, especially at Storts Family Dentistry.
A cavity is formed when your enamel becomes damaged and can eventually develop into a small hole in your tooth. There are many common causes of cavities, such as overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, not keeping your teeth clean, and bacteria. Cavities can become highly problematic if ignored for too long. If left untreated, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. Eventually, this can cause infection or even the loss of your tooth. So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?
Prevention And Treatment Of Cavities
Regular dental cleanings and checkups
Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!
Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation
Certain snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!
Use fluoride toothpaste
Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.
Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments
Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office and your routine cleanings and checkups!
Signs of a Cavity
Despite your most thorough preventative efforts, there is a chance that you could still develop a cavity. There are a few simple indicators you can look for when watching for cavities. If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice pain or sensitivity in a tooth, black or brown staining on a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, or even small pits in a tooth.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (580) 223-6720 for the Ardmore location, (580) 276-3055 for Marietta, and (580) 795-3360 for Madill!
Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.
Our office offers treatment options for cavities that will restore your tooth’s look and feel back to its healthy state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more! The Storts Family Dentistry team wants to help you maintain the best dental health you can, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.