Cavities and Your Dental Health

Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of a tooth. They can develop into tiny openings or holes. A cavity is a result of tooth decay. Cavities are commonly a problem for children but aging adults can develop a cavity. As you get older, the gums pull away from your teeth exposing the roots of your teeth to plaque. Just like children, adults are more likely to develop cavities if they eat a lot of foods high in sugar and carbohydrates. Older adults may develop decay around the edges of their fillings. The fillings will weaken their teeth and crack causing bacteria to form in the gaps.

Dental health factors that could cause tooth decay and cavities:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Not brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will cause plaque to build up and weaken the tooth enamel.
  • Plaque Build-up: Plaque will form when bacteria, acid, food particles, and saliva all combine and stick to your teeth. Over time the plaque will build-up and wear down the enamel.
  • Dry Mouth: Plaque will build up more quickly if you have a dry mouth with little saliva production.
  • Eating and Drinking: Because there is no avoiding food and drinks, it is important to brush your teeth regularly because foods will stick to your teeth and increase the risk for a cavity.
  • Bacteria and Acid: Acid will form from the bacteria in your mouth causing tooth decay.

As tooth decay develops, cavity symptoms will start to appear. If you experience pain, pressure, sensitivity, or see a hole in your tooth, see your dentist right away. The earlier detection of a cavity, the easier the treatment will be. Lawrenceville Family Dental Care is ready to help you establish a good oral hygiene routine to prevent any decline in your dental health. If you think you may have a cavity or just want to schedule a regular checkup, call Lawrenceville Family Dental Care today.

Posted on Behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care

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