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Got Cavities? Now what …

At a young age, our mothers and fathers begin reminding us before bedtime, “brush your teeth or else you’ll get a cavity!” Growing up, this is usually enough to get a kid up out of bed and back in the bathroom to properly brush and floss their teeth. The fear of having to go to the dentist  for cavities and of having a possibly painful operation is greater than childish rebellion or laziness.

Most kids don’t know what a cavity is, let alone what happens when you need to remove one. The truth is most adults do not know until they have had one either. The hard thing is if you don’t understand what cavities are, you don’t know how to protect yourself from getting one.

Back to the Basics

To start, what is a cavity? It’s a hole in your tooth.

A cavity occurs when there is tooth decay or erosion of the enamel on your teeth. The formation of a cavity starts with the build up of plaque. While plaque occurs no matter what you do, consuming sugary foods and drinks causes higher amounts of plaque to form. When you brush and floss your teeth, you help to reduce and prevent build up of plaque. When plaque is left on your tooth enamel for too long, its bacteria will attack and break down your enamel.

The number one way to prevent cavities is to practice good, strong oral health and hygiene practices. This means brushing and flossing at least twice-a-day, choosing nutritious and healthy food options, maintaining a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups.

What happens when you get a cavity?

If you do get a cavity, don’t worry. It happens to even those who take perfect care of their teeth. In most cases, visiting a dentist and repairing your cavity is an easy and painless process.

In most cases, patients will need a filling to keep the tooth decay from worsening. This means removing the decayed and affected areas in your teeth. Then, the dentist will clean out the area and replace the hole with, you guessed it, a filling.

For more developed cases where the tooth decay alters the shape of the tooth, a crown will needed. A crown is essential like a tooth-shaped cap. First, you will visit the dentist to get an impression of your tooth and have a temporary crown placed on your infected tooth. Next, you will come back to the dentist to have a permanent crown based on your impression placed in your mouth. Less often, an entire tooth extraction may be needed when a filling in crown is not enough to save the tooth.

If you want to learn more about oral health and how to prevent cavities, you can check out more helpful articles on our blog.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Protect Molars from Cavities and Tooth Decay

Many people protect their car’s paint by waxing their car every three to six months. In most cases, people will use plastic covers to protect their cars from debris and weather erosion. The question is: what do people do to protect their back molars from harmful bacteria and acids? In the modern dental world, Dental Sealants are on the rise to protect your teeth.

These sealants protect your teeth the same way that wax protects the paint on your car. While brushing and flossing are key to good oral hygiene, it is difficult to cover all the surface area in your mouth. This extra protection serves to reduce risk for tooth decay and cavities. If you have yet to hear about how this procedure can help prevent your teeth, continue reading for more information.

What are Dental Sealants?

They are another method of protecting the tooth’s surface from cavities, when brushing and flossing fails. Primarily, they are placed on the back molars, due to their hard to reach locations. According to the American Dental Association, “sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.”

What are Dental Sealants made of?

They are made with a liquid based resin that adheres to the biting surface of the back molars. After that, the resin quickly dries, and turns into a hard plastic-like material. Actually, Dental Sealants are invisible, and do not feel any different than the natural tooth, and can last up to ten years.

Who can benefit?

Although Dental Sealants are not for everyone, most dentists will only recommend them to patients who are prone to getting cavities. In other words, children and adults can both use them to help protect their teeth. However, dentist suggests that the earlier in life they are used, the better.

What are the Pros and Cons?

Alike most things, there are always pros and cons. If you would like to dig deeper, and find out more about Dental Sealants and procedures, read this article for more information.

To learn more about about tooth decay and how to protect your teeth from decay, check out other articles on our blog or view our educational videos.

Soda

Why should I limit my soda consumption?

There is nothing like a sip of a cold soda on a hot summer’s day. Whether it’s the cool refreshing taste of a pepsi or a coke, we all have our signature drink. For those of you who just can’t get enough of your favorite soft drink though, there can be some negative consequences for your teeth. While we are not here to tell you to never drink soda again, there are some important facts you should keep in mind.

First and foremost, soda consumption has a strong correlation to tooth decay and other medical issues. In other words, the more soda you drink, the more likely you are to have cavities and other oral issues. In today’s society, more and more people are passing up water or milk for these sugar packed beverages, and more and more people are having oral issues as a result.

The fact is that when you drink soda, the sugar in the soda combines with the bacteria already present in your mouth to create acid. Then, this acid attacks your teeth and tooth enamel. Regardless if you opt for sugar free options, there is acid that works to harm your teeth in all soda products. According to the American Dental Association and the Wisconsin Dental Association, acid attacks your teeth for about 20 minutes after you drink a soda. Therefore, they use the slogan “sip all day, get decay.”

The number one thing you can do is remember to drink soda in moderation. Soda is not inherently bad, as long as your practice good oral health and avoid over consumption. If you are a frequent soda drinker, start by trying to reduce your consumption to once a day. Then perhaps you can move to only drinking soda on weekends and when you go out to eat.

However, soda is not the only sugared beverage to consider. You should also try to limit your consumption of 100 percent juices and other high sugar content drinks. These also combine with bacteria in your mouth to form acid and attack your teeth.

While you may love soda and sugary drinks, it’s important for you teeth that you remember what these are doing to your body. Limiting soda consumption will drastically reduce your risk for tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health issues.