Here at All Smiles Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to the prevention of cavities.
Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are the breakdown of teeth. Cavities happen when plaque builds up in your mouth, causing bacteria to form. This bacteria can damage both the enamel (the outer covering of your teeth) and the dentin (the inner part of your teeth).
Cavities are more common in children than adults because they eat more sugary foods and are not as good about routine brushing, though it is just as important for adults to have routine visits to the dentist. Gums naturally recede with age, exposing the root and allowing food to become trapped in areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush.
It is important to visit your dentist regularly since most people don’t realize when they have cavities. Your dentist will do a thorough examination to look for any problem areas. They will also professionally clean the tartar and buildup on your teeth so that your mouth remains healthy.
Cavities are not normally painful right away, so most people don’t realise they have them until they get worse. One symptom of cavities is usually a toothache. If you are affected by pain during eating or drinking, you may have a cavity that needs to be checked out.
In most cases a cavity can be fixed with a filling, but if the tooth isn’t treated the condition can become increasingly worse and more painful. Although it’s not very common, there are times when the tooth will need to be pulled because it is beyond repair.
If you have any questions about cavities or think you might have one, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (818) 343-2244.