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Cavities – The Hole Story
Cavities, to put it simply, are holes in the teeth. Next to the common cold, cavities are the most common health disorder in the United States and, probably, in Fort Worth, Texas (coincidentally, the location of the office of Dr. Randy A. Parham, D.D.S.). Though they can happen at any age, cavities usually occur in the teeth of children and young adults, and are a common cause of tooth loss.
Where do those holes come from?
Two primary factors lead to cavities: bacteria in the mouth and too much sugar and starch in your diet. Having bacteria in the mouth is normal and natural, but it becomes a problem with poor oral hygiene. When the mouth’s bacteria combines with food and saliva, it forms plaque – a sticky, invisible substance. Foods rich in sugar or starch make plaque even stickier. If plaque stays on the teeth for more than a few days, it gets harder and becomes a substance called tartar. Cavities then form when bacteria in plaque and tartar turn sugars into acid, which breaks down the hard structure of the tooth.
How do I know I have a cavity?
Usually, cavities don’t have any symptoms. That’s why it’s important to visit a dentist regularly and get checked for Fort Worth cavities. If they get large enough, of course, cavities can have a number of symptoms – pain, sensitivity to cold, bad breath and more. Plus, the larger the cavity, the more complicated the treatment. Left untreated, a small cavity could even cause an entire section of a tooth to fall off.
How do I prevent cavities?
There are two primary factors that cause cavities (Fort Worth cavities or cavities anywhere), and there are two primary factors that prevent them: oral hygiene and diet change. Good oral hygiene means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, having your teeth cleaned at the dentist twice a year and having annual X-rays. If you’re diet has too much sugar or starch, it will help to eat sweet snacks as part of a meal so you don’t have a constant supply of acid in the mouth. Reducing the total amount of sugar in your diet, of course – especially sugary drinks and juices – can also go a long way towards preventing cavities. If you have children, ask any professional in the office of Dr. Parham about sealants. These thin coatings on the surfaces of teeth will prevent the accumulation of plaque.
How do you treat a cavity?
Cavity treatment in Fort Worth takes on many forms, including fillings, crowns and root canals. Dentists do fillings by removing the decayed part of a tooth and replacing it with silver alloy, gold, porcelain or composite resin. Once the decay is removed completely and a good filling is applied, the cavity may never appear again (although fillings may need to be replaced). If the cavity is very large, the tooth may need to be restored with a crown. If the decay has reached the point of damaging the nerve in the center of the tooth, a root canal procedure may be necessary.
To learn more about what a cavity is, watch this video: https://youtu.be/hTK0iua4tNA
If you need cavity treatment in Fort Worth, Texas, or if you are concerned about cavities, please contact this Ft. Worth, Texas Dental Office of Dr. Randy A. Parham, D.D.S. https://fortworthdentist.com/contact-us-today/
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