Cavities, tooth decay or caries, can be caused by numerous factors, primarily involved in the presence of bacteria in the mouth and poor oral health.
Cavities and decay are among the most common health issues in the world today, especially in children and older adults, who tend to neglect good oral health practices. The main problem with cavities is that if they aren’t treated, they may get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth, leading to severe pain, infection, or even loss of teeth.
The common signs of tooth decay are a pain in the tooth, a sudden increase in tooth sensitivity, sharp pain when eating or drinking, visible holes in the teeth, and pain when you bite down.
Often, we may not even be aware of tooth decay and a cavity forming in our mouth. That is why regular visits to the dentist can ensure the problem is kept at bay.
Tooth decay occurs due to the buildup of plaque. Plaque can be handled by brushing and cleaning teeth regularly. As a tooth continues to decay, bacteria continue to eat through the teeth, moving next to the inner tooth material (pulp) that contains nerves and blood vessels. This can be extremely painful.
Tooth decay mostly occurs at the back of the mouth, on teeth that are usually more neglected. These teeth have different textures that can be the collection spot of particles. Fluoride, which is a naturally occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities and can even reverse the earliest stages of tooth damage. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Over time, dental fillings that you may have done when you were younger begin to break down or develop rough edges. This allows plaque to build up more easily and makes it harder to remove.
Be sure to get your old fillings checked.