Cavities are caused by dental decay, and one of our most important goals here at Hurst Dental Care, is help you to prevent the effects of it because otherwise you are greater risk for getting a toothache, an infection, or for needing root canal or a tooth extraction.
Just as dental decay causes cavities, it is dental plaque that is responsible for the decay in the first place. That’s the cause of it, along with your consumption of sugar and starch, both of which are catalysts for plaque formation. The progression is that plaque erodes your tooth enamel, which is decay. Enough decay means that you have a hole in your tooth, or what best known as a cavity. When that happens you’ll need to come in to our San Diego dentist office. Symptoms that are most common, besides a toothache, are sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. The simple fact is that the longer you wait to have the problem taken care of, the more chance there is for the cavity to grow larger. And larger cavities can open up space for bacteria to get in and infect the pulp of your tooth. In addition to keeping a close eye on your sugar and starch intake, prevention methods include brushing every morning, and both brushing and flossing before bed. It’s not just enough to do it, though. You need to do it in the proper and efficient manner. Our San Diego dentist office will instruct you. Another way to prevent dental decay and cavities is to get a twice-yearly teeth cleaning, along with a complete examination. A cleaning removes tartar buildup, which is not effectively addressed with at-home oral hygiene.
Now is a good time to schedule your next visit to our San Diego dentist office for an examination and cleaning.