We’re only the second week into the new year, so how are your resolutions coming? We’re sticking with ours, including our resolution to stay cavity-free in 2018. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at a few tips and answer some common questions about avoiding tooth decay.
Frequently Asked Questions About Staying Cavity-Free in 2018
Question: How does a cavity form?
Answer: Our teeth are typically protected by a powerful layer of outer enamel, which safeguards the more sensitive inner layers of dentin. However, should the outer enamel become compromised, then bacteria can reach the inner dentin and allow a cavity to form. Injury or poor oral hygiene can often damage this protective outer layer.
Question: What are indicators that I have one?
Answer: Patients with tooth decay typically notice tooth sensitivity, particularly, to hot or cold temperatures. Eventually, a toothache can form that won’t subside after 48 hours. If you have persistent pain in or around your tooth, then please see us right away for a diagnosis and if necessary, to discuss treatment options.
Question: How do I prevent them?
Answer: You can prevent them by avoiding sugary foods and drinks, which can promote plaque buildup and eventually, weaken tooth enamel. You can also take better care of your smile, brushing your teeth twice every day and flossing every night before bed.
Question: Does seeing the dentist help?
Answer: Yes! Your dentist can perform a cleaning every six months to remove plaque and help protect the smile from tooth decay. We can also examine the smile and uncover the earliest indicators of tooth decay, treating the issue before you develop aches or sensitivity. If you have any questions about treating cavities or preventing them, then please contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE A CAVITY?
At Mai Dentistry, we can help you maintain a healthier and more stunning smile throughout the year! To learn more about our practice, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.