The Truth about Cavities

A cavity is an opening on your tooth that can grow bigger and profounder over time. Cavities are also known as dental caries. If you have a cavity, it is important to get it repaired.

favorite plus dental intra-oral cameraBut why does your tooth get a hole?

Below is a list of dental facts about cavities:

1. Acid and carbs cause cavities. Acid created by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities. And, any carb you eat can set off that process. That includes bread, fruits, potatoes, rice, and other vegetables.

Acidic foods can also break down your teeth’s outer shell, weaken the tooth, and make teeth more prone to decay. Eating acidic foods often throughout the day can enhance the development of cavities.

2. Both children and adults are at risk of getting cavities. In the past, children are more prone to developing cavities due to their large consumption of junk food, including candies, soda, and fast food. However, thanks to fluoride in tap water, there has been a 50% decrease in tooth decay in school-aged children in the past two decades.

On the other hand, cavities in senior citizens are on the rise because of medicines that dry off the mouth, reducing saliva that protects the teeth from bacteria.

3. Fillings, eventually, need to be replaced. Dental fillings have a life expectancy, but how long it will last would depend on things like oral hygiene and tooth wear.

If you maintain a good dental routine, you are less likely to have problems, and your fillings may well last longer.

4. Your dentist is capable of finding a cavity before it causes pain. Some people think that because they don’t feel any pain, they are cavity-free. But the truth is when you start feeling the pain, the cavity has already spread to a larger extent than it would have if it had been discovered at a routine dental screening.

5. Decay stops once a tooth is treated. When you get a cavity filled, the decay spot is removed. And, if you take good care of your teeth, the decay from the tooth that was filled will most likely stay clear.

6. Cavities are more likely to develop between teeth. Any place where bacteria can hide that you are not able to reach with a toothbrush or floss is a likely spot for decay. Use a mouthwash to help with hard to reach areas.

7. Clenching and grinding teeth may lead to decay. With normal chewing, teeth converge for a tiny fraction of a millisecond, which causes little pressure. Conversely, clenching and grinding put a huge amount of stress on your teeth. The strain could ultimately cause chips, cracks, and fractures on your teeth, which can speed up tooth decay.

 

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