Tooth cavities are, unfortunately, a very common dental problem for both kids and adults. Your dentist can usually identify cavities before you experience symptoms, so it is important to visit the dentist regularly for screenings and tooth cleanings.

Common signs of tooth cavities include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks
  • Holes in the teeth
  • Sore gums or bleeding gums

What causes a tooth cavity?

Diet and hygiene are two of the biggest factors contributing to tooth cavities. Plaque is constantly forming in the mouth. When it interacts with sugar or starch from the food and drink we consume, it cultivates bacteria which then attack the tooth enamel. With time, the bacteria erodes tooth enamel, making the tooth vulnerable to cavity formation.

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is the best way to prevent cavities. In addition, you should maintain a healthy diet that includes plenty of water, fresh fruits and vegetables. Limit the number of sodas and candy in your diet to avoid cavities.

Treatment For Tooth Cavities

If you do have a tooth cavity or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, your dentist may recommend a number of general dentistry treatments to restore the tooth to proper health and minimize the risk of further decay.

A dental filling is usually the first line of treatment for a tooth cavity. Our doctors may use a composite resin dental filling, porcelain filling or gold filling. Dental crowns are used on teeth that are more severely affected by tooth decay. If the tooth decay is advanced and infecting the tooth pulp, a root canal may be needed to restore proper health and alleviate associated pain.

Schedule an Appointment with Frederick Smiles Dental Care

If you have tooth pain and think that you have a tooth cavity, contact our dentist office to schedule an appointment with our doctors.