How Cavities DevelopNo one is immune to cavities; patients of all ages can develop a cavity. Your mouth is full of both helpful and harmful bacteria. When sugars are introduced into the mouth, the harmful bacteria and sugars work together to create acids that attack the enamel. When patients consume things like candy, soda, and juice, those sugars can begin to break down the enamel, which may cause the tooth to decay. If the tooth decay is not properly treated, a cavity will form in its place. A cavity can only be repaired under the care of a trusted dentist. If Dr. Spink discovers a cavity, he may suggest the use of a dental filling to treat the infected area.
Your best defense against cavities is preventive dental care. Developing a proper oral hygiene routine and being consistent on a day to day basis will help keep your smile healthy and cavity free. Where applicable, try incorporating dental products with fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to help keep the enamel strong and healthy. Try looking for an ADA approved fluoride mouthwash or toothpaste to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine. Watching what you eat can also help in your fight against cavities. The sugars and starches you consume can mix with the bacteria in your mouth, producing an acid that is harmful to your tooth enamel. Treating Cavities: At Spink Dentistry, family dentist Dr. Spink understands that cavities can form at any time. He offers comprehensive dental treatment to help restore the health of your smile. For patients with cavities, Dr. Spink may suggest the use of:
- Dental Fillings
- Root Canal
- Tooth Extraction