Cavities are very common. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that some of our own dental staff members have had cavities! The good news is that cavities are also preventable. Brushing and flossing twice a day, avoiding sugary sodas, and scheduling regular dental check-ups should help stop cavities before they start.
How Dental Cavities Form
Most humans love sugar and starchy carbohydrates. Unfortunately, so do the bacteria that live on our teeth. When the bacteria eat sugar and starch, they convert it into acids, which in turn destroy the tooth enamel. Eventually, loss of enamel leads to pain, discomfort, swelling, and eventually, tooth decay.
Cavities are typically caused by:
- Lack of regular brushing or flossing
- Improper brushing techniques
- Abundance of sugary drinks and foods
Sometimes, even those who brush and floss consistently develop cavities. Genetics, certain medications, and chronic conditions can all lead to cavities.
When to See a Dentist
If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or sensitivity in one of your teeth, please make a dental appointment with our team as soon as possible. Our Salisbury restorative dentists will repair the damaged enamel with metal, resin, or composite fillings. To schedule your appointment, click here.