Cavities and Cavity Prevention

Cavities, also known as dental caries, are common problems for everybody. They form when food and plaque is left to decay on teeth. They can be easily prevented with a proper oral hygiene routine yet many Americans find they have one or several every now and again.

Dr. Russo, a dentist in San Leandro for over 20 years, knows how embarrassing they can be when they attack the front of your mouth and how sensitive and painful they can be in the back. Because the cavities in the front of the mouth are easily seen they usually get fixed right away. Conversely, the teeth in the back usually go neglected until sensitivity to hot and cold foods or major pain is experienced. This is why it is important to visit your dentist twice a year.

Caries not treated due to a lack of biannual visits to the dentist can have harmful effects. Besides losing a tooth or two your mouth becomes prone to infection. We all know the saying,” Your mouth is the dirtiest part of your body.” Mouths that have unsatisfactory hygiene are breeding grounds for disease. One common side affect of this is bad breath. If you are experiencing any symptoms like these you need to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

Cavities happen to everybody but how do they occur? Simply, any food left on teeth becomes acidic. The more food, over time, left sitting on your teeth, the more acid breaks down your tooth enamel. Once through the tougher tooth enamel a cavity can break down the soft, inner tooth quickly. Cavities in the inner tooth are even harder to clean, thus making things a lot worse. Surface and subsurface cavities can be repaired with a simple filling. However, cavities that make their way to the nerve, normally when major pain is felt, require a root canal to repair the damage.

“But I brush my teeth everyday”, you say. The fact is that most cavities occur between teeth. That is where the majority of food is lodged. Sometimes a large piece of food gets stuck and we notice it immediately. Most often, we do not notice the food between our teeth because it is so small. This is why flossing is so important. To be sure there is not a build up of food particles between our teeth we need to floss twice a day. In only this way can we prevent acidic decay.

Cavities are embarrassing because we know we should have better oral hygiene. However, we are lucky to have dentists. They can fix our oral health problems and teach us to have better oral hygiene. Contact Dr. Russo of San Leandro, Ca to learn the proper techniques to have a healthier mouth.


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