Dental decay is one of the most common dental issues. Our Ridgefield general dentist, Dr. Michael B. Schwartz, sees dental decay and cavities in his patients all the time. At our practice, we like to inform our patients about some of these common issues so that they can take preventative measures against them, and also be aware of any current symptoms that they might be experiencing and should seek treatment for at our office.
The two main causes of tooth decay and cavities are bacteria and food debris that are not properly removed through brushing and flossing. Certain kinds of bacteria found in the sticky substance that forms on your teeth if you do not brush them, called plaque, release an acid that eats away at your teeth’s enamel, forming the small holes of decay called cavities. Eating an especially sugary or starchy diet can increase the stickiness of the plaque, and therefore increase your risk for decay and cavities. Therefore, the best way to prevent cavities and decay is to firstly take good care of your teeth at home. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is one of the most important parts of a good oral hygiene regimen. When you brush your teeth, our Ridgefield general dentist recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and angle your brush toward your gums. Then brush in a gentle, circular motion, and attending to each tooth carefully.
Flossing your teeth is another important part of removing bacteria buildup and food debris. Our Ridgefield general dentist may also recommend that you use an oral rinse as part of your hygiene regimen. If you do develop a cavity, certain symptoms are likely to present themselves as it begins to form. You may notice toothache in one particular tooth, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, or even visible holes in the tooth. If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Schwartz for an evaluation of your symptoms and treatment as needed.
Would you like to learn more about tooth decay, cavities, or any other dental health related topic? If so, you should visit Dr. Schwartz’s website. There you can find plenty of information about your oral health and the related services provided by our Ridgefield general dentist.