Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities can be caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and not taking proper care of your teeth.
If cavities aren’t treated, they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth. They can lead to severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Regular dental visits and good brushing and flossing habits are your best protection against cavities and tooth decay.
As we all know, cavities are a fact of life (or so it seems). This is why it is critically important to have regular dental exams, so we can find these cavities before they turn into a serious issue.
Cavities can be repaired quite simply with fillings, but even more important is proper dental hygiene to avoid them in the first place.
The signs and symptoms of cavities vary, depending on their extent and location. When a cavity is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all. As the decay gets larger, it may cause signs and symptoms such as:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
- Visible holes or pits in your teeth
- Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth
- Pain when you bite down
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to give us a call right away.
Ignoring a cavity can lead to something more serious. For instance, an infection that invades your tooth, and then requires a root canal and crown to repair the damage.
Be sure to take care of the little dental problems, before they become BIG dental problems.
Start today by scheduling an appointment with Southridge Dental, let us nip any minor issues in the bud before they become major and expensive dental problems.
Call today: (509) 581-0081