Tooth cavities are one of the most common dental problems affecting both children and adults. Tooth cavities, known as dental caries, may have no symptoms at all but can lead to more complex dental problems including tooth loss, when left untreated. Tooth decay is most commonly caused by a persistent lack of oral hygiene and routine dental care. To help protect your oral health, be sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a dental health checkup and professional teeth cleaning.
Preventive dental care, performed during routine visits with Dr. Goris in his Greenwood dentist office, is the foundation for lifelong oral health and the prevention of tooth decay and tooth cavities. Brushing and flossing are the ideal way to help maintain your oral health in between routine visits and can help prevent tooth decay and other oral diseases. Patients with higher rates of tooth decay are more prone to developing gum disease and tooth loss.
What causes a tooth cavity?
Diet and hygiene are two of the biggest factors contributing to tooth cavities. Plaque is constantly forming in the mouth. When it interacts with sugar or starch from the food and drink we consume, it cultivates bacteria which then attack the tooth enamel. With time, the bacteria erode tooth enamel, making the tooth vulnerable to cavity formation.
Brushing once a day and flossing is the best way to prevent cavities. In addition, you should maintain a healthy diet that includes plenty of water, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Limit the number of sodas and candy in your diet to avoid cavities.
Treatment For Tooth Cavities
If you do have a tooth cavity or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, your dentist may recommend a number of general dentistry treatments to restore the tooth to proper health and minimize the risk of further decay.
A dental filling is usually the first line of treatment for a tooth cavity. Beautiful Smiles in Greenwood is a mercury free practice. Dr. Goris has elected to offer resin tooth colored fillings due to the benefits they offer for both dental health and appearance:
- aesthetically pleasing because they closely match the natural color of teeth
- resin fillings bond (or adhere) to tooth surfaces creating a strong, lasting restoration (they effectively become one with the tooth.)
- resin fillings wear and function like a natural tooth
- resin fillings result in less sensitivity
- resin fillings contain fluoride that is released into the tooth structure, helping strengthen the tooth.
Find A Greenwood, IN Dentist
Tooth decay affects children and adult patients. Beautiful Smiles serves the greater Indianapolis area and offers comprehensive dental care for you and your whole family. Our family-focused dentist office provides attentive, modern dentistry to help patients maintain their optimal oral health for beautiful, healthy smiles. We welcome new and returning patients to our Greenwood, IN dentist office. To request an appointment call our office at (317) 886-4512 or use our online request form.