Did you know that 50% of first-graders and 80% of 17-year-olds have tooth cavities? And that adults are susceptible to cavities as well?
Tooth cavities are generally the result of plaque build up and can affect anyone regardless of age. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it causes bacteria to produce an acid that attacks and erodes tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, the tooth becomes susceptible to the formation of dental cavities.
How to Prevent Tooth Cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (if over the age of 2)
- Floss daily – cavities frequently form between teeth
- Maintain a healthy diet, limiting sugary snacks and soda
- Visit the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and exams
Treatment For Tooth Cavities
Dr. Trinkner offers a range of general dentistry services to treat any stage of tooth decay. Tooth colored dental fillings, are often used to treat teeth with early stages of tooth decay. Other options include inlays, onlays and dental crowns. If tooth decay is extensive, a root canal may be necessary.