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Cavities / Tooth Decay

Information about Cavities/Tooth Decay

We Have to Know about the Cavities/Tooth Decay

  • Decayed areas of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  •  Tooth damage?

Causes of Cavities/Tooth Decay

  • The bacteria, acids, food particles and form into dental plaque — a sticky film that coats your teeth. The acids in plaque attack minerals in the tooth’s hard, outer surface creating a cavity

Do’s and Don’ts of Cavities/Tooth Decay

  • Brush after eating or drinking. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste. To clean between your teeth using floss
  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Consider dental sealants. A sealant is a protective plastic coating that’s applied to the chewing surface of back teeth — sealing the grooves in the teeth most likely to get cavities
  • Avoid foods that get stuck in grooves and pits of your teeth for long periods, such as chips, or biscuits. Instead, eat food that protects your teeth, such as cheese, fresh fruits, and vegetables
  • Parents are encouraged not to give babies bottles filled with milk, formula, juice or other sugar-containing liquids at bedtime. It can lead to baby bottle tooth decay

Signs & Symptoms of Cavities/Tooth Decay

  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
  • Pain that lasts even after you stop eating or drinking
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Pus around a tooth

Medical advice for Cavities/Tooth Decay

  • Tooth pain
  • Red, tender or swollen, bleeding gums
  • Pus around your teeth and gums when you press on the gums
  • Unexplained bad breath, loose teeth
  • Sensitivity to sweet, hot or cold foods or beverages

Risk factors of Cavities/Tooth Decay

  • Eating foods that cling to your teeth for a long time like milk, honey, soda, raisins, cake, hard candy, breath mints, biscuits, dry cereal, bread, and potato chips
  • Frequent snacking or sipping
  • Not brushing
  • Older age
  • Receding Gums
  • Dry mouth
  • Weak or rough dental fillings
  • Eating disorders – Anorexia and bulimia can lead to significant tooth erosion and cavities. Stomach acid from vomiting, for instance, washes over the teeth and erodes the enamel
  • Heartburn can cause stomach acid to flow into your mouth, wearing away the enamel of your teeth
  • Certain cancer treatments

Treatment for Cavities/Tooth Decay

  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fillings, Crowns, root canal, tooth extractions

Self-care for Cavities/Tooth Decay

  • Thoroughly clean all parts of your mouth and teeth
  • Using warm water to brush your teeth
  • Using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
  • Avoiding foods or beverages that are hot, cold or sweet enough to trigger pain

Investigations for Cavities/Tooth Decay

 

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