Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, prevention of and treatment for cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Flower Mound Family Dentistry.
A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes. The most common include not keeping your teeth clean, overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, and bacteria. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more problematic if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth. So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?
- Regular dental cleanings and checkups. Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!
- Use fluoride toothpaste. Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.
- Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation. Certain snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!
- Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office, along with your routine cleanings and checkups!
Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts. What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity? If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice black or brown staining on a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, pain or sensitivity in a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (972) 539-4776!
We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!
We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link. The Flower Mound Family Dentistry team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.