23 Sep How Are Cavities Formed In The Teeth?
The mouth is one of the areas where a large number of viruses and bacteria are generated, which is why good hygiene must be kept to prevent them from spreading and causing oral disease.
There are thousands of reasons why you should have good oral hygiene; keeping your mouth clean helps to have better breath, to eliminate tartar, and to keep your teeth in good condition. And most important of all, it reduces the risk of cavities.
Cavities are one of the most common diseases of the teeth, they cause a very sharp pain to those who suffer from them and, in general, produce bad breath. Although they are currently treatable and can even be prevented, some people are unaware of the reasons why they form.
Main reasons for cavity formation.
Among the main reasons we have:
- Food and beverages: Foods that adhere more easily to the teeth, for example, milk, ice cream, honey, sweetened carbonated beverages, cake icing, and in general all those foods that are extremely sweet and can adhere more easily between the teeth cause cavities.
- Eating or drinking more than usual: Eating small portions between meals (also called snacks) helps the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids that attack the teeth faster and cause tooth decay. Drinks such as soda are acidic beverages, which if consumed very regularly facilitate the creation of the acid layer continuously on the teeth.
- Inadequate tooth brushing: This is one of the main reasons for tooth decay, because although many people know that not brushing their teeth or brushing them inadequately has great risks, they choose to omit optimal tooth brushing. It is recommended to brush your teeth at least 3 times a day and the brushing should last at least 2 minutes to completely remove food debris. In addition to tooth brushing, it is recommended to use dental floss and mouthwash for further cleaning.
- Lack of fluoride: Fluoride is a naturally produced mineral that helps prevent cavities and in some cases reverses the early stages of tooth damage. This mineral is very commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwashes. So if a person brushes his or her teeth with toothpaste without fluoride, he or she is more at risk for cavities.
- Age: Although cavities are more common in children, older adults are also often very affected because, as they age, their teeth begin to deteriorate, making it easier for cavities to reproduce.
Short and long-term consequences
In the short term, cavities cause bad breath and begin to wear down teeth causing discomfort. This kind of discomfort can escalate into immense pain that can be triggered even by simply drinking something.
In the long term, the decay can reach the nerve which can cause the person to require a root canal in the best case scenario, and in the worst case scenario the tooth may be lost and infect other teeth, this happens when you do not attend the dentist in time.
Can I recover an infected tooth?
If the tooth is treated in time, it is still possible for the dentist to remove the decay and place a filling or through a root canal. However, if the tooth already has a serious problem and cannot be saved with a root canal, the only option is to extract it.
Fortunately, nowadays, if you lose a tooth there is the possibility of having a dental implant. Dental implants work as a screw that is attached to the bone to later place a crown, which fulfills the function of a natural tooth. The dental implants in Tijuana are currently the best option to replace a lost tooth.
Where can I go to find out if I have cavities?
It is well known internationally that dentists in Tijuana are an excellent choice when you want to perform a dental checkup or any other kind of procedure, because their innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology, have become the key for people from abroad such as the United States and Canada prefer to seek services in this city.
In Odontomedik we are no exception, a few minutes from the border with the United States we are your best option if you need a dental checkup to prevent cavities and other diseases. We also have a holistic approach, so we will not only take care of the health of your teeth, we will also take care of your overall health.
Come in for a check-up with us!