March 25, 2017
Unfortunately, tooth decay and cavities are very common. Most people get at least one cavity at some point in their lives. With all the sugar in so many of our foods these days, people are getting more cavities and at an earlier age.
Call our Kansas City, MO dental office today at 816-399-5539 to schedule your next dental cleaning and dental exam. These are vital to keeping your teeth healthy. Spotting a cavity earlier also means having an easier time fixing it.
Why Tooth Decay Happens
You know that sugar is bad for your teeth, but why? Because it feeds harmful bacteria.
Everyone has some harmful bacteria in their mouth. They survive by eating tiny bits of food and drink that get caught on your teeth and gums. They can eat anything you can, but sugar is packed with energy. The more sugar you eat, the more those bacteria thrive and multiply.
What makes them harmful is how they produce an acid. When they live on your teeth, this acid erodes the enamel and creates holes called cavities. That’s what tooth decay is — holes burned into your teeth.
Your 3 Biggest Cavity-Fighting Tips
Then how can you avoid tooth decay? Here are the three biggest tips for fighting cavities.
LIMIT SUGARY FOODS AND DRINKS
If bacteria love sugar, why give them what they want? You can still have some, of course. Just limit how much candy, regular soda, and more that you enjoy each day.
BRUSH AND FLOSS EVERY DAY
Brushing twice per day and flossing every night after dinner is a fantastic way of avoiding tooth decay. Both remove the food particles (sugar or otherwise) that feed bacteria. You won’t be able to starve them, but you will make it much harder for them to grow out of control.
VISIT OUR KANSAS CITY, MO DENTAL OFFICE
Along the same lines, you need a dental cleaning and dental exam at least every six months. Only a trained dental team has the technology and skill needed to get your teeth truly clean. Plus, regular dental exams can catch cavities while they are still easier to repair.
Rare Facts About Cavities And Fillings
But for how common cavities are, there’s not much known about them. Here are some rare facts about cavities and fillings used to repair them.
1. You don’t have to get metal fillings anymore.
In the past, you had to get metal fillings to repair cavities. They work well, but they also don’t blend in very well with your smile. Thankfully, you can call our Kansas City, MO dental office today at 816-399-5539 and get tooth-colored fillings. These do the same job. They just blend in with your smile and are very hard to notice.
2. Cavities keep getting worse, and you might never know it.
The bacteria creating cavities never stop. That’s why any cavity you have will keep getting worse until our dentists have a chance to treat it. However, your enamel has no nerve endings. That means you can have cavities growing without realizing it.
That’s why you need to call us today for a dental exam. Our fully digital X-rays will find even small cavities so our dentists can correct them.
3. Dental crowns can repair very large cavities.
If your cavity gets too big, a filling won’t stay in there. Fillings need enough healthy enamel to bond with or they fall out. Plus, such a big cavity can lead to you breaking open that tooth.
There is a solution: a dental crown. This cap is shaped and colored to look like a healthy version of the tooth it covers. Once placed, it seals up the cavity so it cannot grow worse. Dental crowns also hold a damaged tooth firmly together, making it strong and safe to chew with.
4. A deep cavity can lead to needing a root canal or dental extraction.
Because that cavity keeps getting worse until you can get it treated, it can grow deep enough to reach your dental pulp. This is home to the blood vessels that keep your tooth healthy and alive. When the bacteria infect here, you’ll need a root canal to remove it. If that’s not done in time, the only treatment left is a dental extraction.
Call us TODAY at 816-399-5539 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment for a dental cleaning and dental exam. You still need to brush, floss, and limit those sugary foods, but regular dental visits are needed to keep your smile healthy.