Important Information About Tooth Decay
Have you been experiencing unusual occurrences with your teeth and are unsure what you are feeling? You may be experiencing dental decay. Tooth decay is one of the most common dental issues that affect oral health. If not treated when detected, it can also lead to issues with your overall health as well. Tooth decay, commonly known as a cavity, is caused when the enamel of the tooth becomes compromised by plaque and lingering food allowing bacteria to make its way through the enamel to the dentin inside of the tooth.
Signs and Symptoms of Cavities
We inspect the mouth for cavities during your routine visit; however, if your appointment is delayed, you may begin to experience one of these warning signs. If you experience any of the following symptoms we recommend calling our office to schedule an appointment:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Discomfort on or surrounding your tooth
- Visible dark spots or discoloration
- Unexplained bad breath
- Visible hole in your tooth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
Ways to Prevent Cavities
One of the best ways to prevent cavities is to keep up a consistent oral hygiene regimen. We recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and using dental floss a minimum of once a day. It also helps to limit the amount of sugar you consume. Drinking plenty of water can help ensure that you are washing any remaining bacteria from your mouth.
Is Tooth Decay Reversible?
Unfortunately, tooth decay does not heal on its own. Unlike other medical conditions, tooth decay continues to progress until treatment is received. If treatment is not received in a timely manner, decay will progress until a root canal is needed or even an extraction. This is one of the main reasons we suggest visiting our office every six months for routine hygiene examinations. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease in the past, we may recommend a shorter period of time between visits. During hygiene examinations, we are able to inspect for any areas of decay and make the necessary treatment recommendations.
If you experience any discomfort or any of the warning signs mentioned above, we recommend calling our office located in Baldwinsville, NY to schedule an appointment. If you have not visited our office in some time for a routine hygiene examination and cleaning, we suggest scheduling that as well. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!