Cavities are one of the most common problems that people have with their teeth. After all, from the time we are young, we are taught that preventing them is one of the key reasons for brushing and flossing diligently. Moreover, much of our dental exam is dedicated to looking for them and trying to treat them. Despite knowing that cavities are bad, many people do not fully understand what they are and what causes them. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, dentist discusses cavities and the ways we can treat them.
What Are Cavities And What Causes Them?
Cavities are one of the most common kinds of tooth decay, and they are usually caused by diet and lifestyle choices. The main culprits of decay are sugary foods and sweet beverages. Additionally, sticky foods — particularly sweet ones — can also cause them. When sticky foods remain on your teeth, bacteria gravitate towards them; they want to consume them, and when they do, it can wear down your enamel. Additionally, genetics also play a big role in how susceptible you are to cavities. Overall, the best thing you can do to prevent them is to brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and floss at night. If you do eat a particularly sweet and sticky food, it is also wise to brush immediately afterward. You should also stay vigilant about visiting the dentist every six months for regular dental exams, x-rays, and cleanings.
How We Treat Your Tooth Decay
If cavities develop, the best course of treatment is a composite filling. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are made from metal, composite fillings are made from a biocompatible material that is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your healthy enamel. This is beneficial because it is not only effective but it also blends in with your smile. Moreover, composite fillings can also be placed through a more conservative process, keeping more of your tooth intact.
To conduct this procedure, we carefully remove the decaying portion of your tooth and clean the space to rid it of the cavity. Next, we will shape the space to best receive the filling and insert it into the hole. Once it is securely in place, we make sure that it rests smoothly and comfortably in your teeth. If you continue to take care of your teeth, your filling should last for many years to come. Not only will regularly brushing your teeth help keep your filling healthy, it will also help prevent more decay from occurring, hopefully mitigating the need for more fillings.
Contact Us For More Information
If you have any questions about tooth decay or would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can call SILK Dental Wellness in Dallas, TX today at 214-969-7455, or use our online request system.