Cavities and tooth decay are the most common problems when it comes to oral health. They affect people of all ages and can lead to other, more severe, dental problems down the line. Going for regular checkups to the dentist and flossing and brushing are the best preventative measures against cavities forming.
Snacking frequently and sipping sugary drinks are known lifestyle factors that increase the likelihood of cavities forming. Sodas can break down the enamel layer of your teeth known as dentin, making them more susceptible to decay.
Frequent Tobacco use also contributes to the decay of your teeth, as well as other oral health problems including cancer. Smoking helps build up plaque and unwanted bacteria in the mouth which eventually leads to tooth loss and gum disease. Most dentists would advise you that smoking overall is bad for your oral health.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
The tell-tale sign of a cavity forming is usually very clear. Most common signs include:
- Pain when eating or drinking
- Frequent toothaches
- Sensitivities to Cold and Hot foods
- Discoloration around a particular tooth
- Swelling of the gums
It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible for a cavity since treatment is much less evasive in the earlier stages. To schedule an appointment for an examination, click on the link below and our office will set up a time for you to come in: