Nothing makes me—or any other dentist—happier than seeing a full set of healthy teeth and gums, clean and sparkly and taken care of in a way that will have them last a lifetime. Cavities are a common problem, though, and they can mar that perfect landscape even with regular and proper at-home dental care. This is especially true for those who don’t make it to their Cochrane dentist as often as they should, as missing out on regular professional cleanings and checkups can allow decay to get further, faster.
It’s my belief that the more you understand about your teeth and your dental hygiene, the better able you’ll be to take the right actions and make the right choices to protect your teeth, prevent cavities, and maintain your overall oral health. To that end, here’s a quick lesson on what cavities are and how they can form in your teeth, from our Cochrane dentist office to you and your family.
There’s nothing dangerous in the Cochrane air or water, but every mouth in Cochrane—and indeed, around the world—is home to bacteria that can cause a variety of oral health problems, including cavities.
These bacteria are a natural part of the human biome and generally nothing to worry about, especially because regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings by your friendly neighborhood dentist can keep their populations under control and prevent them from doing any real damage. When these bacteria build up on your teeth, however, they can do all sorts of harm.
Not only can they form the hard substance known as calculus that leads to gum disease, but the bacteria’s own digestive processes produce acids that eat away at your teeth’s enamel. If this process is allowed to continue the outer enamel can eventually be worn entirely away in certain spots, and the softer tissue inside a tooth can then become susceptible to damage. This is what you and your dentist call a cavity—a hole in your tooth created by the slow acid erosion of your enamel.
Some mouths and teeth are more prone to cavities than others, but no one has a zero-risk for cavity formation and everyone should practice the best possible dental care in order to keep cavities from forming. Once your tooth enamel is gone it can’t be regrown or replaced, and more advanced dental procedures like fillings and crowns will likely be needed.
Flossing and brushing regularly at home will go a long way towards preventing cavities, but there’s one more step you need to take. Call your dentist and get cleaned up and checked out twice every year, and you’ll not only keep your teeth in tip-top shape, but you’ll also be able to nip any problems in the bud, before big issues arise.
If it’s been awhile since you or your kids had a dental cleaning and checkup, call our Cochrane dental office today to make your appointment. Cut the cavities out and keep that smile as healthy as can be!