Did you receive candy and sweets yesterday? A lot of us will find ourselves suddenly flush with candy and sweets. While a treat now and then is no big deal, too much candy could increase the risk of tooth decay. However, there are steps one can take to help protect the teeth from cavities. Let’s look at what our Kansas City, MO, patients can do to stay cavity-free.
Sugar and Tooth Decay
Sugary foods and drinks often leave particles behind on the teeth. Without removal, these particles will be broken by bacteria. In the process of consuming sugary particles, bacteria coat the teeth in plaque buildup. The sticky material may eventually weaken outer tooth enamel, causing erosion. The eroded portions enable the bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin. A cavity then forms, which will continue to grow and spread without treatment to stop the progression.
Possible Warning Signs
How do you know if you have cavities? Well, if you attend your six-month checkups and cleanings, then we will examine your smile and watch for the earliest indicators. Otherwise, you may not know you have one until the issue reaches an advanced stage. At this point, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods/drinks, and toothaches, could form. Persistent pain that lasts more than 48 hours means you may have a cavity and should see the dentist as soon as possible.
Prevention and Treatment Options
If you have a cavity, then we can often treat the issue in a single visit. A dental filling, made from a metal-free composite resin, offers a natural looking solution to decay, ensuring no one will be able to tell your tooth has been treated. You can also take steps to help prevent cavities from forming altogether. For example, you should try cutting back on sugary food and drinks. If you enjoy a piece of candy now and then, then try to wash it down with a glass of water. Brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes, and flossing nightly, helps remove food particles and limits how much plaque buildup accumulates. Finally, be sure you have your teeth cleaned every six months. A cleaning removes the plaque and tartar from the teeth, reducing the risk of cavities while also giving the patient fresher breath and a brighter smile! If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, or if you tooth aches, then contact our team today.
DO YOU NEED A CLEANING?
Routine visits help our patients maintain optimal oral health throughout the year. To learn more about our approach to preventive and restorative dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288. Let 2019 be the year you obtain a beautiful smile!