Many people don’t realize they have a cavity. Others simply don’t want to see a dentist because of the fear of pain or the cost of a visit. But the longer they go untreated, the worse they get.
Cavities are caused by the build-up of plaque on teeth that contains acids, which can then lead to tooth decay. Left untreated, this can then turn into a toothache.
Toothaches are usually caused by a cavity or buildup of food and plaque. They can also be caused by gum infections as the bacteria from the infection courses through the blood vessels to the nerve that controls the sensation of pain.
The Science of Tooth Decay
As plaque, a sticky film made of sugar and bacteria found on teeth builds up, this forms tartar, which comprises minerals from saliva, food particles, and bacteria. Tartar, in turn, weakens tooth enamel over time and causes tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Eventually, the accumulation of these unhealthy conditions causes tooth loss.
CDC Warns Against Long-Term Health Problems
Untreated tooth decay can result in many long-term health complications. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits can prevent many diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who eat too many sugary foods, drink too many sweetened beverages, and chronically smoke or chew tobacco are more likely to develop serious diseases like diabetes, heart infections, seizures, or kidney problems than the rest of the population.
A Silent, Widespread Menace
Cavities are the most prevalent oral health issue in the United States. They can affect any tooth surface but are most common on molars and premolars. If left untreated, a cavity will continue to grow and ultimately cause gum disease, an abscess, or tooth loss. Among other health problems, they may cause life-threatening illnesses.
3 Ways to Prevent Cavities
Preventing an issue is always easier than curing it.
Here are 3 simple steps you can take to avoid getting cavities.
- Take good care of your teeth with the regular use of any ADA-Approved toothpaste, mouthwash, and other dental aids.
- Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to keep your healthy smile. Since you now know how plaque accumulation can cause tooth decay, brush your teeth before breakfast in the morning and before going to bed at night. You should also replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if you feel the bristles wearing down.
- See your dentist twice a year for a thorough examination. You can keep your oral health in check by sticking with this simple rule of thumb.
Request an Appointment
Please schedule an appointment with Shine Dental Group as soon as possible if you notice any signs of tooth decay. Some common symptoms are gum swelling, bad breath, and increased tooth sensitivity.
We offer traditional dental care with the latest technology, and our office is equipped with a dental lab, which allows us to provide same-day treatment for a variety of dental services, such as dentures, crowns, implants, and veneers. You can contact us on our website at Shine Dental Group or call us at 516.348.8500. We are located at 400 Jericho Turnpike Syosset, NY 11791.