Find a cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs, CO. Dental cavities are when small holes are formed in the tooth. Plaque, which is a sticky, bacterial film that can accumulate on the teeth, feeds on the sugars you eat. If you don’t brush this sugar and plaque away, it will begin to build up, causing acids that attack the enamel of your teeth. Once the enamel has been worn away, cavities are allowed to form.
Cavities are most common in children (in fact, dental cavities are the number one childhood illness), but teens and adults are also at risk for developing cavities. If left untreated, a dental cavity can quickly turn into a tooth infection, which can be incredibly painful and cause a variety of dental health problems.
SIGNS OF A DENTAL CAVITY
Below are a few of the more common symptoms of dental cavities:
A persistent toothache, or a dull pain in the tooth
Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
Increased tooth sensitivity to overly sugar foods
Visible darkening of the tooth
Visible pits or holes in the tooth
If you’re suffering from these symptoms, we recommend visiting our office as quickly as possible. The sooner we can catch and treat a dental cavity, the simpler and less costly the treatment may be.
PREVENTING DENTAL CAVITIES
The best way to keep cavities at bay is by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting Balota Family Dentistry every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.
Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day
Limit your sugar intake
Visit Dr. Nora Balota for a cleaning and exam every 6 months
For more information about how to prevent cavities, or if you’d like to make an appointment at Balota Family Dentistry, please contact our Colorado Springs, CO dental office today.