At some point, practically everyone will have to deal with a tooth cavity. While tooth decay is mostly a concern in children, adults are also susceptible to cavities.
Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers complete care for children as well as adults. One of our primary concerns is the prevention and management of tooth decay. Buford, GA dentists Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry suggest that patients visit bi-annually for routine examination and professional teeth cleaning.
Contributing Factors to Tooth Decay
Plaque is a sticky substance that is constantly forming in the mouth. It builds up along teeth, between teeth and around the gums. Bacteria in plaque becomes activated by sugar and starch in the food we eat. The bacteria produce acid which erodes tooth enamel and can lead to the formation of a tooth cavity.
Daily brushing and flossing is essential to reducing plaque and bacteria in the mouth and therefore preventing cavities. It is also important to limit snacking between meals, avoid sodas and candy, and drink plenty of water.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
The dentist is able to identify early signs of tooth decay before most patients experience any physical symptoms, so it is important to maintain regular dental check-ups. There are some signs that could indicate tooth decay including:
- White spots on teeth
- Dark or dull teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Visible holes in teeth
Treatment for Tooth Cavities
One of the ways you can prevent tooth cavities is with sealants, plastic coverings that protect teeth. If you already have signs of tooth decay, the dentist may recommend the following treatment: