Cavities (Tooth Decay)
Although tooth decay has declined among young children as a group, it can still be a problem for individual children, and even teens and adults. That’s because plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars or starches, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and after many such attacks, the enamel can break down and a cavity forms.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- See us regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
- Sealants (a protective plastic coating) can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
The solution to cavities depends on many things including: how large the cavity is, where the cavity is on the tooth, and where the tooth is in the mouth.
It may be as simple as placing a tooth colored filling, or even a crown for very large cavities. While some dentists still use silver – mercury amalgam, Dr. Zebrowski and Dr. Blaess have not used it in several years. Today’s technologies can give you metal-free invisible fillings!
If you were diagnosed with tooth decay, do not postpone treatment!
If left untreated,cavities will lead to serious complications. Decay lets germs (bacteria) enter the pulp (space inside the tooth). Germs can cause an infection . Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip, in the jawbone, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause damage to the bone around the teeth.