Everyone loves a tasty dessert after dinner or a cup of ice cream on a hot summer day. But those deliciously sweet treats can quickly turn into a painful inconvenience if proper maintenance is not practiced. Bacteria love sugar about as much as humans do, and the crevices in your teeth or in between the teeth and gums where food gets stuck are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria and germs. These bacteria will use the energy from the sugars we eat that get stuck on teeth to eat away at tooth enamel and cause painful holes in one or many of your teeth.
If cavities or ‘dental caries’ form on your teeth, there are a number of ways to treat the condition. We here at Dental on Central provide a number of different solutions for cavities depending on the severity of the problem. Treatments range from a simple filling, in which the dentist uses a substance to ‘fill in’ the cavity after all the germs and bacteria have been removed, to a full-on removal of the tooth if the cavity is bad enough.
How do you know if you have a cavity? There are a number of different signs of tooth decay that the average person may be able to detect. Bad breath, tooth pain and sensitivity are common signs that there may be tooth decay occurring inside of your mouth. In addition, if you experience a bad taste in your mouth (while not eating anything, of course) or notice dark and visible spots on your teeth, you may have the beginnings of a cavity forming on your teeth. If you notice these, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the brilliant dentists here at Dental on Central to take care of the issue as soon as possible. If you catch it early, invasive and painful treatments may not be necessary; a simple change in diet and hygiene habits may be recommended in addition to a thorough cleaning from one of our great oral practitioners.
But what about those delicious candy bars and ice cream treats that we love so much? Cutting all of the sweet stuff out of your diet, while probably ideal, isn’t very tasty. So what can you do to prevent these dental inconveniences and keep your sweet tooth satiated? Regular hygienic maintenance is recommended, which includes brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day (in the morning and at night) to keep your teeth and gums clean. Also, some preventative maintenance can be performed by your caring dental hygienist here at Dental on Central, so please schedule an appointment today!