General Dentistry located in Temple City, CA
Cavities are one of the most commonly occurring dental issues, and chances are you’ve already had at least one in the past. Fortunately, there are many effective and noninvasive ways to treat and prevent cavities. The team of well-trained and professional dentists, periodontists, and prosthodontists have extensive experience in treating cavities. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today if you have tooth pain you think could be due to a cavity.
Cavities Q & A
What is a cavity?
A cavity is what happens when a tooth starts to decay. The decay can happen on the inside of your teeth (dentin), or on the exterior of your teeth (enamel). Both situations cause your tooth to become weakened, thus affecting the functioning of the tooth.
What causes a cavity?
Cavities occur when small pieces of food are left on your teeth. This food is then turned into acid by the bacteria in your mouth in a natural process. However, this acid then can combine with saliva, food, and bacteria to form something called a plaque.
Over time these plaques can wear away your teeth, leading to decay. This decay is what is then called a cavity.
What are the risk factors for getting a cavity?
When you were a kid you were probably told many times that sugary candy and drinks would give you cavities. While that is not what you wanted to hear as you enjoyed your candy bar as a child, it’s unfortunately quite true. Sugary foods or foods that are high in carbohydrates are the fuel that becomes the acid in your mouth that eventually damages your teeth.
While children often get cavities, they can also occur at any point in your life due to changes in your mouth.
How can cavities be treated or prevented?
While cavities definitely present a problem to the health of your mouth, they can also be easily prevented and treated. Simple steps like brushing your teeth twice per day, flossing, and getting your teeth professionally cleaned are all very important in maintaining good oral hygiene, and thus preventing cavities.
If you do get a cavity, you may need to get a filling where the decayed portion of your tooth is removed and replaced with a filler substance. In the event that your tooth is significantly damaged, you may need to get a crown. This procedure involves removing and repairing the damaged portion of your tooth before placing a crown or cover, over the tooth to improve its strength and appearance.
To learn more about cavities and what treatment option is right for you, call or schedule an appointment online today.