Cavity Prevention: Here's How To Do It

Cavities are one of the most common reasons why people see a dentist. If you notice a cavity, it’s really important to get it treated right away. The more you wait, the more the cavity can grow and threaten the integrity of your tooth, leading to an infection or even permanent tooth loss.

However, there are plenty of ways to protect your smile and reduce your risk for cavities. Keep reading this short blog post to find out what you can do to improve your cavity prevention efforts:

What Is a Cavity?

A cavity is a permanent damage that creates a hole in your tooth’s enamel. Over time, this small hole can get bigger and bigger and allow bacteria to get inside the tooth, where it can create even more problems.

Once a cavity forms, the only way to treat it is to see a dentist, who will remove all the infected tissue and place a dental filling to restore the tooth to its full function.

Untreated cavities eventually lead to tooth infections, which will need more complex treatment such as a root canal. Tooth infections are a type of dental emergency as they can create many uncomfortable symptoms such as high levels of pain and inflammation. 

Why Do I Get Cavities?

The most common cause of cavities is poor oral hygiene. Without proper tooth cleaning, the harmful bacteria in your mouth start eating the leftover food particles. When eating, bacteria release acids which slowly break down the tooth’s enamel, creating the cavity.

Other factors that may contribute to developing cavities can include:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Eating a lot of sweets
  • Excessive snacking
  • Certain medications or diseases, etc.

Cavity Prevention Techniques

The good news is that you can do a lot to reduce the risk of cavities and protect your smile. Here are a few great techniques:

  • Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day, preferably after every meal
  • Use dental floss daily to remove food and bacteria from between your teeth
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Cleanse your mouth with fluoride tap water
  • Stop smoking and eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to promote saliva production
  • Get routine dental cleanings of your smile
  • Get fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth and reduce your risk for cavities even more

Dealing with a Cavity? Book an Appointment at Sunlight Dental Today!

Even with great oral hygiene and frequent dental appointments, cavities can still occur. And when they do, it’s important to get them fixed as soon as possible to prevent this hole from getting bigger.

Dr. Chad Christiansen would be happy to help with expert restorative dental services delivered with a caring touch.

To get started, book an appointment at Sunlight Dental, and stop by for a visit to get your cavity healed.

For more information, you can call us directly at (307) 638-8071.

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