What is a cavity?
A cavity (also referred to as a dental carie) is a hole in the tooth that can grow bigger and deeper over time, resulting in tooth decay. They are usually caused by the buildup of acid-plaque, a sticky, slimy substance on the teeth made up of bacteria. This acid-plaque occurs when bacteria feast on sugars present in the mouth.
Effects of a cavity
If left unchecked, cavities can grow in size, weakening the structure of the tooth and eventually resulting in the development of painful abscesses, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. The cavity could get larger and eventually affect the tooth root if it’s not repaired with a filling. If you catch cavities early, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of tooth loss.
- Reduce your consumption of refined dietary sugars (which can be found in candy, soda, and processed foods).
- Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking.
- Remove dental plaque from the surface of the teeth every day by brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwashes.
- Always use a fluoride toothpaste.
- Children should have a dental sealant treatment as soon as their molars erupt. In this procedure, a sealant is applied to the pits and fissures (grooves) of the teeth to create a smooth surface that is easy to brush.
- Be vigilant about monitoring your dental health and schedule a dental checkup every six months.
If you already have a cavity, the online dentist should be able to spot it when you submit your Toothpic case and will be able to advise you on the course of action you should take. If you are at risk of developing cavities, you can find out more about what you can do to prevent them.
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