Dental caries, or tooth cavities, are an unfortunate dental problem that affects children and adolescents as well as adults. Tooth decay and cavities are commonly caused by plaque buildup. When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it activates bacteria in plaque, causing it to attack and erode tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, it leaves the tooth susceptible to the formation of cavities.
Tooth Decay And Cavity Symptoms
Each person may experience different tooth cavity symptoms. In the early stages of tooth cavity formation, there may be no symptoms. A dentist however is likely to see signs of early tooth decay and help to prevent the cavity from forming or getting worse.
As the tooth cavity gets larger, common symptoms include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when eating hot or cold foods and beverages
- Visible holes in teeth
- Inflammation or infection of gums around the tooth
How To Prevent Cavities
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (if over the age of 2) Floss daily – cavities can also form between teeth Have a healthy diet, limit sugary snacks and soda Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams
Treatment For Cavities
Cosmetic dental fillings, fillings that are tooth colored, are often used to treat teeth with early stages of tooth decay. For teeth with larger cavities, the dentist may recommend a type of porcelain restoration such as an inlay, onlay or dental crown. If you have a toothache, you may require a root canal, which will remove the diseased tissue inside the tooth.
The best dentistry is always preventive, routine dental care can intercept problems to prevent tooth decay and cavity formation.
Schedule A Consultation
Cavities don’t just affect children – adult teeth may be affected by tooth decay. Contact our Baltimore dentist office to be screened for cavities and tooth decay and find out what treatment options are available to you.
Call us at 443-252-2982 or request a consultation online.