Cavity Prevention and Good Oral Hygiene
There really is nothing to be embarrassed about when you have a cavity, but what you do after discovering you have a cavity will go a long way in saving the tooth and preventing any further damage. Having the cavity discovered in the earliest stages, our doctors may fix the issue without being required to place a filling in the tooth. Our goal is to fix the dental issue fast while causing you the absolute least amount of discomfort. If you leave the cavity untreated, it opens the door to a variety of future dental health issues. Therefore first sign of a cavity is tooth pain, and the first thing that you should do at that point is pick up the phone to schedule an examination. Your natural teeth are invaluable. Our doctors will provide you with the best information to keep your teeth and gums healthy. To repair, restore and save your natural teeth is our top priority. Place your confidence in us.
We want you to feel comfortable throughout the duration of this process. Be sure to talk about your concerns and of how you are feeling with us. We have helpful tips for overcoming dental anxieties, which may include simple comforts such as a blanket and neck pillow, or more involved comforts such as conscious sedations.
There are things you can do at home to better prevent cavities. There may be times when you cannot brush after a meal, rinsing your mouth with water can help remove food particles trapped in between your teeth. However, brushing is recommended at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. For additional aid in reducing plaque build-up where regular brushing is missing, use a fluoride mouthwash at least twice daily. Another tip for reducing tooth decay, learn to floss correctly and after meals. Both mouthwash and flossing have the ability to clean below the gum line where food could be trapped and out of sight. Also, consider eating a well-balanced meal that has little sweets. Our doctors can suggest which foods are actually good for your teeth. Foods like fresh vegetables and fruits, cheese, sugar-free gum, and of course, drinking more water.
Regardless if the cavity is a result of poor dental hygiene, the longer that you avoid seeing the dentist, the more likely gum disease and tooth decay will result. The best way to avoid tooth decay and risks of disease is to visit a dentist on a regular basis. At the time of your regular cleaning procedure, ask about dental sealants. Sealants can close off any grooves and nooks in the teeth where food can hide and lead to tooth decay. Not only will the sealant protect the teeth from particles that lead to diseases, the sealant can last up to ten years. Our doctors can devise an individualized plan specific to your dental goals and needs.
Healthier teeth. Happier you.