Cavities and tooth decay are one of the most common health problems around the world. They're especially common in children, but anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including infants and older adults.
When your body develops a hollow area in your tooth, it is a cavity. A dental cavity begins as small opening or tiny hole in your teeth. Also known as tooth decay, if these cavities go undetected or you knowingly disregard them, a more serious dental problem is apt to develop. Labeled as contributing to one of the most common health problems around the globe, tooth decay and cavities specifically strike children, but infants and adults can suffer from dental cavities, too.
By ignoring tooth decay and not seeking professional treatment, you allow the size of the cavity to increase, and in all probability, the increased tooth decay will cause you to develop a painful toothache, infection, tooth loss, or other complications. When you schedule your recommended office visits with Advanced Dental Care in Jasper, Texas, and you maintain good brushing and flossing habits, you help to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Damage to the structure of your teeth by tooth decay causes cavities and toothaches. Most times, the decaying is a gradual process that occurs over the years. Tooth decay affects the the enamel, the outer surface of the tooth, and the dentin, the inner layer of the tooth.
Your intake of snacks and sugary drinks contribute to tooth decay. You not brushing or flossing your teeth, as recommended, contribute to tooth decay, and your overall poor dental care allow the perfect conditions for cavities to develop. Here is how the dental cavity occurs. The process of dental cavity development occurs when foods that contain sugars and starches (breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy) remain on the teeth. By food particles lingering in your mouth and between your teeth, the bacteria in the mouth begins to digest these foods to produce acids. Now, your mouth is the perfect breeding area for bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva to start to form plaque, a sticky substance that builds up on your teeth. With the plaque in place on your teeth, its acidity creates holes: cavities. Discuss with your Advanced Dental Care dental team what you can do to stop your tooth decay and to eliminate impending cavities.
As your cavity starts to develop, you may not have any symptoms at all, but as the tooth decay increases, you may experience the following:
Your symptoms of developing cavities and the onset of tooth decay depend on the extent and location of the cavity. Again, early detection and heeding of the above symptoms prevents greater dental issues in the future.
You want to schedule your office visit with Advanced Dental Care as recommended and as a preventative measure against cavities and tooth decay, but if you experience a toothache, call us sooner because usually the toothache is indicative of a dental cavity.