Gentle Dental Care is committed to helping you keep your teeth healthy!
Even with good brushing and flossing habits, because of our modern diets it is very likely that you will have to deal with a cavity at some point in your life. In fact, dental caries (the technical term for a cavity or tooth decay) is the number one chronic childhood illness! Tooth decay is also a common cause of tooth loss in people of all ages.
At Gentle Dental Care we keep up to date with the newest technology which allows us to detect tooth decay in its earliest stages, saving and preserving precious enamel. Along with our dental instruments and digital x-rays, we use the Diagnodent– a cavity detection laser that can find decay when it is very small. When decay is detected and removed early it prevents the future need for more extensive dental treatment, saving you from a painful toothache, additional costs, and more time in the dental chair.
What exactly causes cavities or tooth decay?
A combination of saliva, food debris, and bacteria coats all the surfaces of our teeth after we eat; this is called plaque. The bacteria in this plaque eat the same foods as we do…and they love sugar! Anytime we eat something which contains sugar, whether it’s a piece of candy, a can of soda, or a piece of fruit, those bacteria start to eat the sugar and turn it into acid. You know how a sugar cube dissolves in water? Our teeth are crystals just like sugar cubes, but they dissolve in acid. Specifically, the acid produced by the bacteria in our mouths. The more frequently our teeth are surrounded by acids, the more quickly our enamel starts to dissolve. This weakens our teeth and eventually forms a hole which we call a cavity.
My dentist said I have a cavity but my tooth doesn’t hurt and I don’t feel a hole. What does that mean?
Cavities are usually painless when they are small. As they get bigger and grow towards the nerve in the center of the tooth, your tooth will start to get sensitive to sweets and cold foods. Decay which is left untreated destroys the enamel and the internal structure of your tooth, which can result in the need for a root canal or even loss of the tooth.
What can I do to avoid getting tooth decay and cavities?
The best thing you can do to avoid getting cavities is to brush your teeth in the morning after breakfast and at night before bed with a fluoride toothpaste and limit the number of times in a day that you eat or drink something that contains sugar. Coming in to Gentle Dental Care for regular dental checkups and professional cleanings will allow Dr. Kamodia to monitor your teeth and to potentially identify and reverse decay before you need a filling. Even if your decay can’t be reversed, treating a cavity early is the best way to avoid needing major dental work.
I never used to get cavities! Why am I getting them now?
It can be really frustrating to go to the dentist and be told you have a bunch of cavities which need to be fixed. It’s even more discouraging when you’ve always had great teeth in the past and all of a sudden they seem to be going bad. What’s causing that and what can you do to avoid getting more cavities in the future? Today’s video digs into some of the changes that could have occurred in your life which may have lead to an increase in the number of cavities in your mouth.
How do you fix my tooth if I have a cavity or tooth decay?
Dr. Kamodia offers a wide range of dental services to restore your decayed tooth and protect it from future damage or decay. The most common way to treat a tooth with minor decay is with a filling. When we do fillings at Gentle Dental Care, we use the newest technology and highest quality materials available. Our composite fillings are placed in a single visit and are made of a tooth colored material that blends with your natural tooth so you may not even be able to see it. Sometimes a filling isn’t enough to fix a severely decayed tooth. If that’s the case, Dr. Kamodia will discuss restoring your tooth using a cap or crown.
My whole family has soft teeth. Can you do anything to treat soft teeth?
The term “soft teeth” is a way of describing teeth that are susceptible to cavities. Teeth can be prone to cavities because of a variety of factors. Most often, it has to do with hidden sugars in your diet that are feeding the bacteria which cause cavities. In addition, people with soft teeth may not be getting enough fluoride, which is a mineral that can strengthen teeth. If you have soft teeth or know someone who suffers from soft teeth, the best thing to do is schedule a consultation with Dr. Kamodia to figure out why your teeth are soft and what you can do to strengthen them to prevent cavities.