Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are something a lot of people experience and can encounter at any age (including infants). Cavities are holes or small openings that permanently damage your teeth. If these holes are not taken care of they can get larger and affect more than the exterior hard surface of your teeth. This can lead to a lot of issues including infection, severe pain in the tooth, and even needing to remove the tooth completely.
So, what can you do to prevent dental cavities? The simple answer is, as with most dental health issues, brush and floss your teeth. If you like sugary beverages or snack a lot this can lead to more cavities because it can increase the bacteria in your mouth. If you are concerned, keep brushing and flossing regularly and make sure you are doing both properly. Also, drinking lots of water will help wash away bacteria.
Symptoms of Cavities
If you think you might have a cavity your symptom(s) could vary. If you experience any of the following bring it up to your dentist. They will do an exam and take x-rays of the area to see if you do indeed have a cavity and how much damage the cavity is causing. Symptoms that might lead you to a visit with your dentist can include:
Visible holes or holes you can feel in your teeth
Staining on your tooth that can be black, brown or even whiteVisible holes or holes you can feel in your teeth
Feeling pain when you bite into things
Sudden toothache that doesn’t seem to have a cause
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms make sure to take care of it as soon as possible so that if it is a cavity it doesn’t get worse. Remember, having any of the symptoms above does not mean you will for sure have a cavity, it can mean other things as well and your dentist will be able to determine the best course of action to help your teeth.
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