Unless treated in a timely manner, cavities can lead to a higher risk of infection and dental abscess. Despite the prevalence of tooth decay, you can take steps to significantly reduce your risk of developing cavities. How do you prevent them? What causes them to form?
Frequently Asked Questions About Preventing Cavities
Question: How does a cavity form?
Answer: Our teeth are coated in a strong substance known as enamel, which protects the inner tooth structure from injury and harmful bacteria. However, when the enamel becomes weakened via poor oral hygiene or damaged due to injury, a cavity can form.
Question: How do you know if you need to see a dentist?
Answer: Often, decay causes tooth sensitivity and toothaches. If you encounter discomfort that doesn’t subside after 48 hours then you should see your dentist for a diagnosis. The doctor can then let you know if you need treatment for decay, such as a filling.
Question: Will brushing and flossing help?
Answer: Yes! When you brush and floss your teeth you remove food particles and help reduce the severity of plaque buildup. You should brush your teeth twice a day, once when you wake up and again before going to bed. You also need to floss your teeth each night before going to bed.
Question: How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Answer: A cleaning can remove all plaque buildup, which helps prevent enamel erosion. In addition, during these visits the doctor can look for the early warning signs of decay, providing treatment before discomfort develops. If you have any questions about cavity prevention, then please contact our office today. We can help you enjoy a healthier smile, once free of uncomfortable cavities.
Dr. Brent Engelberg is a professional Arlington Heights, IL dentist. We are accepting new patients in Chicago and all surrounding communities. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office at (847) 230-9703 today.