Finding out you have a cavity may not exactly be the end of the world, but it's also not the outcome you want when you come in for your biannual visit to our Adams Ridge dentist
, George Cochran DDS. Worse yet, you don't want to end up with a toothache or an infection. Prevention is the best tool against dental decay and cavities, with the second best being prompt treatment.
Dental decay and cavities are due to plaque, the film-like substance that grows on and between your teeth. If erodes your tooth's protective layers. And any that is not removed in a timely fashion will harden into tartar. Together, plaque and tartar lead to holes in your teeth, or what are more familiar as dental cavities. When small, there are typically no symptoms related to them. Most are detected by our Adams Ridge dentist when you come in for a six month examination. But if you have a toothache, even a mild one, it may be because of a cavity that has grown large enough to present a threat. Other possible indications of a cavity are a loose filling, a tooth that is sensitive to pressure, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, or spots on your tooth. If you notice one or more of those signs, you should be seen by our Adams Ridge dentist
as soon as possible. Among the most effective preventive measures are limiting sugar and starch in your diet, brushing at least twice per day, flossing at bedtime, and a trip to our office every six months for a teeth cleaning, which will eliminate any tartar buildup that has accumulated since your last exam.
Keeping your teeth whole, strong, healthy, and free of pain and other symptoms is a high priority with respect to your oral health. Simply contact our office to set up an appointment to come in for your twice-yearly examination and teeth cleaning.
By Rockport Eye Associates
August 29, 2018