Everything You Must Know about Dental Cavities
Dental Health • May 14, 2018
Dental Cavities can be a big pain. Might be you have experienced them before. And if not, then you would definitely suffer them anytime later on.
Hence, reading this post is a must!
What is the Meaning of Dental Cavities?
Cavity, also known as tooth decay, is a severe dental problem that damages the teeth. If the cavity is deep, it can create an in-depth hole in the tooth surface.
How do Dental Cavity Form?
Usually, individuals with bad eating habits experience a dental cavity.
Our mouth contains bacteria, which helps to break down food into simple sugars. The broken sugar is used as an energy source. Bacteria break down food by combining food debris with proteins in saliva.
During the entire process, there is acid produced in the mouth. This acid gets deposited on our tooth, forming plaque.
Bacteria in our mouth are highly fond of sugary foods, easily digestible products, and processed food items. When we consume such food items, then there is an even higher level of acid produced. Hence, there are higher deposits of plaque on our tooth.
Furthermore, right after a meal, bacteria excretes an acid. This acid begins to soften and dissolve our tooth enamel. With every acid attack, there is small damage to tooth enamel. So, every time you are consuming anything, you are feeding the bacteria in your mouth. And if the food is unhealthy, junk, or processed, then this is a big treat for the bacteria.
The natural way to prevent cavity is to remove plaque. When the plaque is removed, it helps tooth to re-mineralize the damaged areas. This allows the tooth to repair the damage.
Removing the plaque using mechanical equipment facilitates your tooth’s health. For this reason, our doctor suggests us to regularly brush and floss our teeth in order to prevent cavities. The ‘acid attack’ in morning hours is alleviated because of saliva in our mouths. The saliva helps to dilute the acid and reduce its impact on our tooth. But if you are regularly eating, it does not give enough time to saliva to reduce the acidic level in your mouth and bring it back to normal pH level.
The best defence against cavity is your saliva.
Then why do cavities occur?
Our mouth stops producing saliva when we are sleeping. This gives enough time to bacteria to make severe attacks on our teeth. For such reasons, our doctors suggest avoiding consuming soft drink or other sugary items at night.
What happens if Your Cavity is Not Treated?
If you don’t treat your cavity, the problem can get worse.
Untreated tooth decay is prone to damage. It can lead to severe infection, pain, and also tooth loss. If cavities are treated at an initial stage, they are far less invasive and painful as compared to cure more damaged cavities, like a root canal, tooth decay, and more.
Don’t want to experience the painful process of the root canal. Then take care of your teeth before it occurs. It is always wise to prevent cavities. And if cavities occur, then treat them at the earliest. With a checkup every 6 months it is possible to detect a cavity at an early stage and treat it effectively.
Keep a close check to symptoms of tooth cavity, which are tooth sensitivity, persistent pain in the tooth, pain while chewing the food. In severe cases, you might even witness holes or pits in the teeth. When you notice any such symptom, then immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist. This way, you can avoid experiencing bigger and more infected cavities.
What is the treatment process for cavities?
It is quite simple to treat cavities at an initial level. If you undertake a dental checkup on a regular basis, then your dentist would identify cavities with ease.
Once a cavity is identified, it is provided with a basic treatment of filling. The process of filling involves cleaning of decayed tooth and replacing the cavity hole with a filling prepared from silver, gold, composite, or amalgam of all.
This filling is a specialized material that seals the cleaned and treated area. It ensures that the damaged tooth is able to heal and does not experience the similar problem again.
However, if the cavity is deep and severe, then it is cured with other advanced methods of root canals and crowns. These methods are quite painful and time-intensive.
Tips to Prevent Cavities
The best part is that you can prevent cavities to a great extent. Some of the easy preventive measures to follow are:
- The simplest way is to maintain good oral health.
- Rinse your mouth well with lukewarm water every time after eating food or snack.
- Brush your teeth two times a day. Once post dinner and once post breakfast. This would ensure that the acidic effect of bacteria is greatly reduced.
- Floss your tooth on a regular basis.
- Avoid consuming chewing gums, candies, and chocolates.
- Avoid consuming junk food, processed food, and packaged food items. They act like supporting agents to tooth-damaging
If despite taking such measures you experience cavity, it is vital to act quickly. An immediate action would help cure the issue with ease. Ignoring the issue will make things worse, and in the worst situation, you might even have to get your tooth removed.
So, wait no more! Just follow these tips and prevent an oral cavity. If you are in Hyderabad then visit our clinic and we will help you get rid of the cavity.