What causes cavities?
Cavities are decayed or damaged areas of your teeth that develop into tiny holes. They are caused by a combination of factors, such as plaque, bacteria, and not properly keeping your teeth clean. Cavities are especially common in children, teenagers, and older adults, but anyone who has teeth are susceptible to cavities.
If a cavity is left untreated, it could become larger and affect the deeper layers of your teeth. A cavity can lead to severe toothache, infection, and tooth loss. When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, a root canal must be performed to save that tooth from decaying.
Symptoms of cavities
In the early stages of a cavity, you may not experience any symptoms. When a cavity gets larger, it may cause
- Mild to sharp pain when eating something sweet, cold, or hot
- Tooth sensitivity
- Visible holes in your teeth
- Brown, black, or white staining
- Pain when you bite
You may not be aware that a cavity is present. That’s why it’s important to be seen for regular dental checkups and cleanings. If you experience a toothache or any of the above symptoms, please contact our office so that we can evaluate your condition. To learn more about dental cleanings, cavity fillings, and proper oral hygiene, visit our dental cleanings page.
Your oral health contributes to your overall health, so it’s important to make sure your teeth and mouth are properly taken care of. Here are some tips to prevent cavities and keep your teeth clean:
- Always brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or an interdental cleaner.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Avoid acidic food and beverages throughout the day.
- Schedule regular dental check-ups.
Cavity filling in North Las Vegas, NV
If you suspect a cavity or are due for a professional dental cleaning, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry using state-of-the-art equipment to patients of all ages.