Natural bacteria lives and forms plaque in your mouth. When plaque interacts with leftover material from food and beverages, it forms acid. Overtime, the acid erodes the enamel on your teeth and causes tooth decay, commonly known as cavities, or dental caries.

Dental Cavities Prevention

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Limit sugary and starchy foods
  • Maintain regular dentist visits

Dental Cavity Symptoms

The best way to detect a cavity early is to maintain regular visits to the dentist. Only when the cavity is advanced will you experience symptoms such as:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Pain or sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Holes in the teeth
  • Pus around teeth and gums

Dental Cavities Treatment

In its early stage, tooth decay can be stopped or even reversed with fluorides or other preventative treatments. Treatment for dental cavities usually includes tooth filling. Tooth fillings provide long-lasting treatment and protect the tooth from further decay. If the cavity is large, the tooth may not be strong enough to support the filling. In this case, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth.

The degree of tooth decay and options for treatment vary greatly from person to person, so it is important to make an appointment. Dr. Sheen of Annapolis is accepting new patients, so contact us now.