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Dental Cavity

What Is A Dental Cavity

Frequent snacking, sugary drinks, not brushing or flossing your teeth, as you should, and poor dental care, in general, create optimum conditions for cavities. Cavities, also known as a type of tooth decay, begin as small openings or tiny holes in your teeth. When these cavities go unnoticed or ignored, you may develop a more serious dental problem. Tooth decay and cavities constitute one of the most common health problems around the world, especially in children; however, infants and adults suffer from tooth decay, as well.

When you ignore tooth decay and do not seek professional treatment, the size of the cavity increases, and the decay causes a severe toothache, infection, tooth loss and other complications. Your office visit with Titensor Dental, along with good brushing and flossing habits, helps to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

What Causes a Dental Cavity?

Tooth decay, the destruction the structure of your teeth, causes cavities and toothaches, and it is a process that occurs over the years. Tooth decay affects the outer surface of the tooth, the enamel, and the inner layer of the tooth, the dentin.

The process of tooth decay occurs when foods that contain sugars and starches (breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy) adhere to the teeth. When these food particles linger in your mouth and between your teeth, the bacteria in the mouth begins to digest these foods, producing acids. At this point, your mouth contains bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva that join together to form plaque, a sticky substance that builds up on your teeth. Once the plaque builds up on your teeth, its acidity creates holes – cavities. Discuss with your staff at Titensor Dental what you can do to stop tooth decay and eliminate cavities.

What are the Symptoms of Dental Cavities?

Symptoms of cavities and tooth decay depend on the extent and location of the cavity. As the cavity begins, you may not have any symptoms, but as the tooth decay increases, you may experience the following:

  • A toothache
  • A sensitivity in your tooth
  • A mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking sweet, hot, or cold products
  • A hole or pit visible in your teeth
  • A pain when you bite down

You want to schedule your office visit with Titensor Dental as recommended and as a preventative measure against cavities and tooth decay, but a toothache usually indicates a sign of a cavity.

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