Do people still get cavities?
Absolutely. While dental care has come a long way toward preventing cavities thanks to fluoride toothpaste and sealants, nearly everyone will be affected by dental cavities (also called dental caries) at some point in their lives. Children are most at risk for dental cavities, and in fact, tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease.
What causes cavities?
Cavities are caused by plaque buildup (bacteria) which erodes tooth enamel. Irregular dental visits, not brushing regularly, correctly or long enough, and a diet high in sugar are the most significant contributing factors to tooth decay. Cavities are most common in back teeth but may be present on any teeth and often form between teeth.
Symptoms to watch for:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
- Holes in teeth
- Pus around teeth or gums
How are cavities treated?
Filling cavities is a simple procedure that we can treat in a single visit. Tooth-colored or “White” Fillings are the most common form of treatment for early signs of tooth decay. If the tooth decay is advanced, a Dental Crown is used. If the decay has reached the nerve of the root, a Root Canal is necessary.