12 Jul What are Cavities & How Can I Prevent Them?
Cavities – that’s a word you don’t want to hear when you’re at the dentist’s office or anywhere else, but just exactly what are they? Cavity is another word for tooth decay. When teeth decay, or break down, it causes holes to form in them. These holes in teeth can grow bigger, and deeper, over time, and can become quite painful. While cavities are more common in children, adults can also develop them.
Everyone wants to present a beautiful smile to the world, which is why your oral hygiene is so important. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, and multiple trips to your dentist. Get regular checkups and cleanings, and follow these tips for a healthy mouth and to keep your teeth free of cavities.
5 Symptoms of Cavities
The symptoms of a cavity can vary and, when tooth decay starts, you may have no symptoms at all. However, as the decay worsens, you may have symptoms such as:
- 1. Toothache
- 2. Tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking something hot or cold
- 3. A hole or pit that you can actually see in your tooth
- 4. Brown, black or white staining on the surface of a tooth
- 5. Pain when you bite into harder foods
6 Cavity Prevention Tips
If you’re prone to getting cavities in your teeth, take a moment to read over the following six suggestions on how to prevent them.
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1. Brush Correctly
One of the best, and simplest, ways to combat tooth decay is brushing your teeth. When you brush, make sure to brush not only your teeth, but also the surface of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria. Brush for two minutes at least twice a day. After lunch, if you can’t brush, rinse your mouth out with water to minimize the amount of food residue left behind.
Most people feel that flossing is a chore, but flossing is one of the best ways to remove food particles from between teeth, and it can help prevent cavities from forming there. Flossing helps reach deep between the teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. You should floss at least once a day.
3. Watch What You Drink
Sodas, coffee and alcohol all contain a high level of phosphorous and too much phosphorous can deplete the body’s level of calcium. Low levels of calcium can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, these beverages can dull the color of your teeth as well. Milk is a better choice, as it can help strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel.
4. Take Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements
Your teeth need calcium as much as your bones do, so drink milk, eat broccoli and yogurt and dairy products. You can also take supplements. In addition, Vitamin D is necessary for maintaining healthy gums and teeth.
5. Get Regular Checkups
Visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning to keep your teeth in optimal health and avoid having teeth with cavities.
6. Use Mouthwash
While mouthwash is not essential, it’s a great tool to go alongside your normal oral care routine of brushing and flossing. Mouthwash can help kill harmful bacteria in your mouth, and maintain the healthy bacteria.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment with the Dental Brothers as soon as possible. We can diagnose and treat cavities to keep your mouth healthy and your smile intact.