|The Wisdom Tooth|
|Written by Dr. Sharon Robinson|
|Friday, 27 April 2012 10:33|
A cavity is a hole in your tooth. We get cavities when the food we eat is left on our teeth, and the food debris is digested by plaque bacteria, which creates acids as a by-product. Over time these acids attack the enamel of our teeth as well as the inner layer.
As a result of the tooth decay, nerves become exposed and we feel pain when eating and/ or drinking. If you feel pain near the root of your teeth, consult your dentist as soon as possible.
During your dental visit, your dentist will determine if you have a cavity using a number of different methods. Your dentist will use an instrument that will explore and probe the teeth. If the instrument "sticks" to one of your teeth, well then..."You have a cavity". Another way your dentist can detect a cavity is by taking x-rays of your mouth. An x-ray can detect cavities that may not be visible with the naked eye. This is why it is so important to visit your dentist regularly.
If your dentist finds that you do in fact have a cavity, your dentist will usually treat it with a filling. This filling is made of strong composite resins. Your dentist will first remove the decayed part of the tooth, and then replace it with the filling. Treatment for more severe cavities may require root canals and crowns.
To prevent tooth decay, we can reduce the amount of bacteria in our mouth, as well as strengthen our defenses. Using fluoride toothpaste will strengthen the tooth structure and replace lost minerals, repairing acid damage. Brush at least twice a day! Floss daily! We can never eliminate all of the bacteria, but brushing and flossing help tremendously. Your dentist may recommend additional toothpastes, gels, or rinses. Make regular appointments with your dentist for periodic professional cleanings.
Dr. Sharon Robinson, DDS may be reached at 954-792-1857. The Dental Place is located at 6738 W Sunrise Blvd, #105, Plantation, Fl. 33313. You may also visit her website at www.dentalplace4u.com