So, what is a cavity?
A cavity is a small hole in the tooth, usually the result of tooth decay. Cavities are a very common dental disease.
When bacteria feed on sugars and starches in your mouth, they produce acids that damage your teeth and weaken the enamel. As the enamel breaks down, it’s easier for the bacteria to get into your teeth and infect the dentin layer and the pulp.
But, here are some tips to avoid them:
In addition to visiting your dentist for routine cleanings and dental exams, it’s important that you’re brushing and flossing your teeth daily. You need to brush twice a day for about two minutes at a time. Flossing should be done once a day.
Certain foods and drinks can cause damage to your teeth.
Sugary foods: Fruits high in natural sugars like apples and pears can stick to your teeth. Acidic foods can soften your tooth enamel, making it easier for bacteria to stick to your teeth.
Sticky foods: Sticky foods like dried fruit or chewy candy can stick to your teeth and gums so that bacteria have a harder time being washed away.
Soda and sports drinks: Soda and sports drinks contain a lot of acid and sugar. These can erode your enamel, making it easier for bacteria to stick to your teeth.
Alcoholic drinks: Alcoholic drinks can dry out your mouth, making your teeth vulnerable to bacteria.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities by strengthening the enamel. It is most effective when used on children’s teeth, but adults can benefit from it as well. Patients of all ages can use fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash.
If you are unable to brush your teeth after consuming sugary or acidic foods, you can use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria and help keep your mouth healthy.
Sometimes, cavities aren’t preventable. Factors like genetics and diet can play a part. However, if you’re concerned about cavities, schedule regular cleanings and exams with your dentist can help. During these appointments, your dentist will clean your teeth and remove the plaque and tartar that can cause cavities. They will also check for any signs of cavities, which include dark spots or holes on the surface of your tooth.
According to the American Dental Association, you should replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if needed. On average, adults should replace their toothbrushes every 2-3 months. If you wear braces, then you’ll need to replace your toothbrush more often.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Sealants are typically recommended for children whose adult teeth are emerging and those at risk for developing cavities. The dental sealants help prevent food particles, bacteria, and other debris from settling in the crevices of the teeth.
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Colorado Wellness Dentistry is at the forefront of dental treatment for our patients, who are focused on whole body health. Our office understands that oral healthcare is the gateway to the rest of a person’s wellness. We care for our patients as a whole person. Dr. Williams uses modern courses of treatment including LANAP for gum disease and periodontal problems, Bioclear for cosmetic and alternative treatment to crowns, Mercury removal for overall health and wellness for metal sensitive patients, and whole family dental care. When you find a home at Colorado Wellness Dentistry you feel in control of your treatment and oral health.
Patients seeking gum disease treatment can now turn to the new, minimally invasive LANAP® (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure). By using this new laser technology, a dentist for gum disease can remove diseased tissue without using a scalpel. The LANAP® gum disease treatment works by inserting a small fiber between the tooth and the gum and sending a pulsed laser light to remove all bacteria and infected tissue from the area. The laser is then used again to stimulate the bone and tissue in a way that encourages regrowth. By removing only the infected tissue, LANAP® gum disease treatment reduces bleeding and minimizes recovery time.
Do you experience sore or bleeding gums when brushing or flossing your teeth? Do you have severe pain when chewing food? These symptoms can be the warning signs of gum disease - gingivitis or periodontitis. It is important to address these conditions at the earliest stages to prevent future complications.
Bioclear is the latest and most innovative technique of dental restoration. It is a procedure that has evolved from the traditional use of amalgam fillings to contemporary composite restorations. It helps the dentist to give superior all-around treatment to traditional fillings.
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