How To Diagnose The Teeth Worsening Earlier And Its PreventionHow To Diagnose The Teeth Worsening Earlier And Its Prevention

A cavity or tooth decay is a common oral health problem where a hole that forms in the teeth. It starts small, gradually growing bigger when left untreated. It is hard to detect tooth decay at its early stages because it initially does not cause any pain. This is exactly why it is important to schedule regular dental appointments with your dentist for early detection. If it has been found that you do have a cavity, there are ways to stop its progress and prevent new ones from developing.

The symptoms of teeth decay highly depend on the severity of the decay. These are tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, white or black staining on the teeth or a visible hole in the teeth. Everyone is at risk for cavities, but some have a higher one because of several factors including: acid reflux disease, consuming too many acidic and sugary foods and drinks, dry mouth, eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia, and poor oral hygiene.

As soon as you experience them, tell your dentist about any uncomfortable symptoms you are experiencing like tooth pain and sensitivity. Your dentist can readily identify tooth decay with a quick oral examination. However, there are some cavities that are not very visible and might necessitate the use of a dental x-ray. Depending on the severity of your decayed tooth, there are several ways to treat a dental cavity. Below are some of the most common treatments.

  • Tooth fillings. To fill a tooth, the dentist will use a drill to remove the decayed material from the teeth. The drilled area will then be filled with a substance like gold, silver or composite resin.
  • Crowns. This treatment is geared for cases of severe tooth decay. In this procedure, the dentist puts a custom-fit cap over the tooth as a replacement to the natural crown. The dentist removes the decayed tooth material before the procedure starts.
  • Root canal. When tooth decay has caused the death of the nerves in the teeth, the dentist will save the tooth and do a root canal. Here, the blood vessel tissues, nerve tissues and other decayed areas are removed. Medication is applied for any infections found. Afterwards, the dentist fills in the tooth and maybe put a crown over it.

If your dentist detects a too cavity during its early stages, a fluoride treatment can restore the tooth enamel and stop the progression of the decay. And because it can cause pain and discomfort, you can do a few things to temporarily deal with it like keeping up oral hygiene routine, OTC pain killers and proper food intake. Tooth cavity is a very common problem. The good news is that you can reduce your chances of developing them by doing the following:

  • Brushing the teeth twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a daily
  • Eat fewer amounts of acidic and sugary foods, like refined carbohydrates, candy, sweets, soda and juice
  • Minimize snacking in between meals
  • Think about getting dental sealants to protect your teeth.

Most importantly, do not forget to schedule regular visits with your dentist twice in a year to get regular check-ups and professional teeth cleanings. This way, you can get immediate treatment for any problem that your dentist will find, and prevent future problems with your oral health.

by James Franklin
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I Am A professional Dentist in Castle Hills of Lewisville, The Colony, Tx and genuinely care about the health and well being of teeth and gums. 
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