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· Smile with confidence
· Restore your tooth strength
· Prevent larger and more serious dental issues from developing
· Correct chips and cracks
· Minimize sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
While everyone is vulnerable to tooth decay, at Lifetime Dental at Sevenoaks, we know it can be avoided with a dedicated at-home dental hygiene routine that includes brushing at least twice and flossing once daily.
What are cavities and what causes them?
When the foods and drinks we consume interact with bacteria in our mouths, it results in acid production. Enamel erosion can happen when this acid is left on teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. If left for too long, a hole will form in the tooth’s enamel surface and this is what is known as a cavity. It becomes an open door to infection and ongoing decay if not intercepted, and the result is a tooth that’s weakened, damaged, and may eventually require extraction.
While it’s common that you won’t experience cavity symptoms initially, here are some signs you can expect to feel and/or notice with time:
· tooth sensitivity
· discomfort and/or pain when chewing
· varying levels of pain when drinking or eating anything sweet, cold, or hot
· stains on the surface of the tooth
· pain that appears to come out of nowhere.
In addition to the enamel on the crown of a tooth being vulnerable, here are two additional spots that are susceptible…
1. The Root Cavity – Tooth roots that are exposed by aggressive brushing or gum disease are vulnerable to acid attacks. And because this area is softer than enamel, cavities form easily.
2. Decay That’s Recurrent – This occurs when a tooth that’s had a previous filling becomes compromised at the edges of the filling. If bacteria is able to penetrate these areas, toothbrushes often can’t remove it, allowing for decay to occur.
How can you prevent cavities?
Eating a balanced diet, practicing good at-home hygiene, and visiting us bi-annually for checkups and care are the best way to keep your oral health strong!
What are major risk factors for cavity development?
· Steady intake of sugary snacks, foods, and beverages.
· Poor oral hygiene tendencies.
· The location of the tooth. Decay is more likely to occur in the back of your mouth.
· Inadequate amounts of fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral protects teeth and helps stop cavities. So much so that it can reverse early stages of decay in a tooth.
· Acid reflux or GERD.
· Disordered eating conditions, including anorexia and bulimia.
· Dry mouth.
What are some materials used for fillings?
There are multiple options available when it comes to dental fillings. Based on your individual needs, we’ll work together to choose the material that’s best for you:
· Composite fillings match your natural tooth shade and are often used on teeth that are most visible when you smile, as well as on molars.
· Amalgam (silver-colored fillings) have been available for many years, though they’re becoming less popular in comparison to tooth-colored composite. This type of filling material is also known to cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks as the material responds to extreme temperatures.
· Cast gold fillings are strong and eye-catching. They can also be pricier than other materials.
Do you have questions about fillings or need any of your existing fillings checked? Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment!