Cavities – Answers to All of Your Whys!
The chances are that you might have experienced a cavity or two in your life, but why? That’s the question that many ask. I brush my teeth; I floss, why in the world am I getting cavities? In our short article, we’ll answer your “whys.”
- Why am I susceptible to cavities?
- Why don’t cavities hurt right away?
- Why are regular check-ups necessary – can they help detect cavities?
- Why does my diet matter – can it contribute to cavities?
While cavities aren’t the worst thing, they sure can be a nuisance. Your oral health plays a huge role in your overall health, so we feel that it’s essential to help you learn WHY preventing cavities is important. Keep reading to see what tips we have to offer that might be helpful for you.
How to prevent them
Almost everyone (more than 90% of people in North America) suffers from dental cavities (decay), including children. The reason we get cavities is that our mouths have many bacteria and a portion of it being an inflammation starter.
But some bacteria convert the sugar into acid, which then attacks the tooth structure, leading to cavities. The terrible thing about cavities is that isn’t experienced until the decay has progressed to the nerve. At this point, it is usually too late to place a filling and tooth needs a root canal. A damaged tooth cannot be regenerated, only repaired. Thus, regular dental examinations are all more necessary. The earlier your Lincoln dentists Dr. Jodi Day, Dr. Brad Alderman, and Dr. Ben Joekel can discover the cavity or cavities, the quicker and easier it is to treat, and the best part is that you can avoid a root canal.
• Schedule regular dental exams to detect caries early so the problem can be fixed. Caries can progress very rapidly and what could of fix with a simple filling may progress to needing more expensive and extensive treatment such as a root canal.
• Don’t wait to come in until you have severe discomfort! A small, simple cavity usually doesn’t cause any discomfort. If a tooth starts hurting, there is probably a more severe problem that will require more than just a filling.
• Brush twice a day.
• Floss regularly.
• Rinse with a mouthwash approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
• Use sugarless gum after meals. It has Xylitol which can reduce bacterial load and stimulate salivary flow, which helps to eliminate bacterial load as well.
• Do not drink soda drinks as soda has a lot of acids that will lead to tooth structure loss.
• Eat plenty of calcium-rich foods, such low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.
Dental cleanings are a great way to prevent cavities, visit the link here to learn more about cleaning.
Have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about cavities. Our Lincoln dentists can offer you great information that is exclusive to cavities.
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Each NFD team member is trained to go above and beyond to keep our patients calm and comfortable, so you can expect the same exceptional care from all of our sister locations.