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All About Cavities

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Learning about cavities is one of the best weapons you can have against them. Once you understand what can cause cavities and ways to recognize that you may have one, you will be in a better position with regard to getting treatment fast. Here is more information you should go over on cavities: 

What cavities are

A cavity is damage to the tooth where the outer layer of enamel has damage to it. The cavity can then create damage in the inner layer of the tooth, called the dentin. A cavity usually begins as a small hole or pit in the tooth, and it may stay small for a while. However, once it starts to grow, you can quickly find yourself with extensive damage to your tooth. Once you have a cavity, there isn't anything that you can do to reverse that damage. You will have to see the dentist to treat it and repair the damage to your tooth. There can be a number of signs that can indicate you may have a cavity. 

Signs of cavities

Sometimes, you may realize you have a cavity because you can feel a hole in your teeth with your tongue. However, there are quite a few other ways you may realize there is an issue as well. Some of the other signs that can indicate you likely have a cavity include hot or cold sensitivity, sudden pain, pain when you eat something sweet, pain when you bite, or discoloration on your tooth. 

Things that increase a person's risk of cavities

Some things that increase your chances of getting cavities include neglecting your regular dental care, or not brushing your teeth long enough or well enough. Also, eating a lot of foods high in sugar, drinking sugary drinks, eating sticky foods, or eating before bed without brushing. A dry mouth is also more at risk of cavities, so you may want to chew sugar-free gum if you suffer from dry mouth because it can help prevent your mouth from being dry. 

Treatment for cavities

The treatment the dentist suggests for your cavity can include having a filling put in if the cavity isn't too advanced. For a more advanced cavity, you may be looking at a crown because there is too much of the tooth gone. If the cavity has caused issues with the pulp of your tooth, then the dentist may decide a root canal is best. The sooner you go in to see the dentist for a possible cavity, the better the chances are that it can be easily treated. 

To learn more about cavities, contact a dentist in your area.