Posts for category: Cavities
None of us likes to hear that we have a cavity. Those small holes in our teeth are not uncommon and can be easily treated when caught early. Getting the cavity-detecting xrays on an annual basis helps to discover cavities before they progress into a more costly and serious situation such as pain, infection or even tooth loss.
Decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the foods we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.
When decay forms on the tooth, it does not go away by itself. Decay destroys the tooth enamel. If your decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, it will hurt. If it gets to that stage, you will probably need a root canal to relieve the pain and take out the infection caused by tooth decay. Treating a tooth with decay before it hurts is the wisest thing to do.