By comparison it’s destructive force is significant. Tooth decay can set in motion a pattern of destruction in your mouth.
Too serious a perspective?
Not when you understand the domino effect that a single cavity can have on your affected tooth and surrounding tissue. The threat increases as you ignore treatment.
An estimated 90 percent of the United States population has had a dental cavity sometime in their life. The risk is higher for your children and as you age.
The main issue
Tooth loss is the most destructive threat. But well-timed treatment at the first signs of decay or a developing cavity can save your tooth.
Your diet has some impact on your increased vulnerability for tooth decay. It’s not the primary issue.
Oral bacteria consistently assaults your teeth and gum tissue. Bacteria gain ground through the dental plaque and tartar that form and eventually harden on your tooth surfaces.
Plaque is sticky and capable of sticking around on your teeth and gums if it’s not removed early. Your daily brushing and flossing routine are vital for controlling it but it’s limited in removing plaque and tartar once it hardens.
Bacteria are aggressive. They break down your tooth enamel and create vulnerable openings in your tooth structure where decay can form.
The first signs of tooth decay can include minor pain or irritation. It’s often accompanied by teeth sensitivity due to weakened enamel.
Tooth decay can also be present without pain. You might not be aware until a routine oral examination during your teeth cleaning appointment reveals it’s there.
Your first line-of-defense is preventive dentistry. Prioritize your daily oral hygiene and your examinations and professional teeth cleanings every six months.
Treatment for tooth decay and cavities is necessary when an examination or symptoms confirm it. A dental filling can treat your small cavity or a [LINK TO dental crown could be recommended if your area of decay is larger and requires more tooth restoration.
Contact our Knoxville dental office about your tooth, gum, or mouth pain. Schedule an oral examination to determine if tooth decay or a cavity is present and follow your recommended treatment plan.