Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in the country. Most of the population will develop some sort of tooth decay in their life, usually before they are an adult. In some ways cavities are a minor dental concern. If they are caught early, and treated right away, the damage to your teeth will be minimal. However, if they are ignored, the decay can spread, leading to all sorts of problems for your mouth, including infection and gum disease.
At Andrew Dine, DDS, we have the experience and equipment necessary to detect and treat cavities before they become a serious threat to your oral health. When you visit our Fairfield, OH, office you will receive quality dental care that will keep your teeth looking good and feeling good.
What Causes Cavities?
Cavities occur when acid in your mouth removes the minerals from your enamel faster than your body can replace them. Your saliva will normally keep the acid content in your mouth balanced so that it does not pose much of a threat to your teeth. However, that balance gets thrown off when you consume a lot of sugary foods and soda, or if you are experiencing deficiency in saliva, otherwise known as dry mouth. When this happens, the acid in your mouth will eat away at your teeth’s enamel, causing decay.
Another major cause of cavities is improper home dental care. Although most people understand the importance of brushing, but that doesn’t mean they are doing it correctly. Either they don’t do it often enough, or they don’t do it long enough. Many people will brush their front teeth thoroughly, while all but ignoring their back teeth.
Flossing is another important habit that many people don’t do often enough, if they do it at all. Flossing is very important because it removes food particles from between your teeth. If those food particles stay there they’ll feed the bacteria that produce the acid that causes tooth decay. So, you need to get the floss out and use it everyday.
In the past, the only option you had for tooth fillings was amalgam, a metal mixture of silver, copper, tin, and mercury, but that is no longer the case. Today we have composite fillings, which are made from either plastic and glass, or porcelain and glass ionomer. Composite fillings bond directly to your natural tooth, so we will not have to remove as much of your enamel to place the filling, and best of all, composite fillings match the color of your teeth.
When you get your teeth filled at Andrew Dine, DDS, we provide pain-free dentistry by using the DentalVibe system for numbing, and we can also administer nitrous oxide to calm your nerves during the procedure.
You no longer need to worry about metal fillings blemishing your smile. Tooth-colored fillings will treat the cavity, keeping it from growing into a serious problem, without drawing attention to your dental work.
Prevention Is the Ultimate Cure
Even though modern dental techniques make tooth repair fairly non-invasive and painless, it is still better to have cavities in the first place. To prevent decay from occurring, you need to make sure you watch what you eat and drink. Avoid foods with lots of sugar and acid, and be sure to drink plenty of water.
There are few things as good for your teeth as water. In addition to keeping your mouth clean and washing away sugar and acid, water will keep you hydrated so that you will be able to produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against tooth decay and other oral health issues, so you need to make sure to stay hydrated.
Regular visits to our Fairfield office for cleanings and checkups will help, as well. Even if you have excellent home dental care habits, you need professional cleanings to keep you smile bright. Also, regular examinations will give us the chance to detect cavities before they get too bad.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment!