Cavities are no fun. Not only are they painful, but they can also be expensive to fix. Did you know that cavities are actually very preventable? In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to tell if a cavity is forming and what you can do to prevent them

What Is a Cavity?

A cavity is a small hole in your tooth caused by decay. When plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth, they break down the enamel, which leads to cavities.

Types of Cavities

There are three main types of cavities:

  1. Root cavities
  2. Pit and fissure cavities 
  3. Smooth surface

Root cavities form on the root surfaces of teeth exposed due to gum recession. Pit and fissure cavities form in the pits and fissures (grooves) on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Smooth surface cavities form on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth or front faces of the teeth.

How To Tell if a Cavity Is Forming

There are a few telltale signs that a cavity might be forming. These include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothache
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth
  • White spots on your teeth
  • Dark spots on your teeth

Are Cavities Genetic?

Research has shown that there may be a genetic link to cavities. This means that if your parents or grandparents had cavities, you might be more likely to get them. But, this does not guarantee that you will get cavities – there are still things you can do to prevent them.

What Can I Do To Prevent Cavities?

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks
  • Visit your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups

The Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings and dental checkups are your first line of defense. These appointments allow your dentist to catch any problems early on and treat them before they become more serious.

A dental cleaning involves removing the tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. Tartar removal is only possible with a professional cleaning. Brushing alone does not remove tartar. If tartar is not removed, it can lead to gum disease and cavities. 

A dental checkup involves examining your teeth and gums for any signs of problems. Your dentist may take X-rays to look for cavities that have not yet surfaced.

Take Action Now!

To prevent cavities:

  • Brush and floss regularly 
  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year for professional cleanings and checkups 

If you’re looking for dental cleaning in Denver, schedule an appointment with Dr.Dewitt today! Don’t let your insurance benefits go to waste! Call (303) 321-5656 or complete the online booking form. Find us at 3300 E. 1st Ave. Suite 615 in Denver, Co. We welcome patients from Cherry Creek, Englewood, and all surrounding Metro communities.

Categories: General Dentistry