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How to Identify & Prevent Cavities

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To maintain a healthy and happy smile, you should do what you can each day to prevent cavities. However, cavities do happen. Would you know how to identify a cavity in your own mouth in between visits to our Royal Oak, MI dentist’s office?

Food and bacteria that linger on your teeth for too long, form plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that produce acids that wear away the surface of your teeth. Brushing and flossing help to get rid of plaque, but if not done properly or often enough, it will eventually lead to cavities. Keep reading, and then give us a call at 248-712-1522 to request your next appointment at North Oaks Dental.

Do I Have A Cavity?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 30 percent of American adults have untreated dental cavities. If you have a cavity and don’t get it treated, it can not only potentially cost you your tooth, but it can lead to more serious oral health issues as well. 

The areas of your mouth that are at a higher risk of developing a cavity include:

  • Chewing surfaces of your molars where food can get trapped in the crevices
  • Between your teeth
  • The bottom of your teeth near your gums

To avoid a potential health disaster, you should know how to spot the signs and symptoms of a cavity so that you can see your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. The most common signs of a dental cavity include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks
  • Sensitivity to sweets
  • Toothache
  • Discoloration or stains on your tooth
  • A hole or pit in your tooth

How to Prevent Cavities

Nothing extraordinary is required to prevent cavities. If you take the right steps to keep your teeth clean and healthy, cavities shouldn’t be a problem. 

First, the most important thing you can do to prevent cavities is to brush and floss your teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid brushing too hard. Then, at least once a day floss between your teeth using dental floss or a water flosser. Doing so will help prevent the buildup of plaque and keep harmful bacteria from wearing away your enamel.

Additional ways to prevent cavities include:

  • See your dentist every 6 months for checkups and cleanings
  • Drink water throughout the day to rinse your teeth after meals and prevent dry mouth
  • Avoid sipping on sugary juices or soft drinks on a regular basis
  • Limit your consumption of sugary foods
  • Consider additional preventative treatments like sealants to protect your teeth from cavities and decay

Talk to Your Dentist About Cavity Prevention

Whether you have had a cavity or not, it’s still a good idea to talk to your dentist about cavity prevention. Working with an expert will lower your chances of developing a dental health issue while giving you the tools you need to maintain a healthy, radiant smile.  

Call North Oaks Dental today to learn more about what we can do to help keep your teeth cavity-free. We would love to help you take good care of your teeth. Call our Royal Oak, MI dental office at 248-712-1522 to schedule an appointment. 

 

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