Tooth decay is one of the most common dental issues that bring people to the dentist. If you’ve noticed the signs of a cavity, you’re probably wondering if there’s anything you can do to reverse it and restore your oral health.
Check out this short blog post to discover everything you need to know about cavities, how to prevent them, and whether they can be reversed.
When bacteria in your mouth start breaking down food, they release acids that start eating away at the tooth’s protective surface, known as enamel. Over time, the bacteria can create a small hole in the tooth, which is how cavities are formed.
Unfortunately, it’s bad news from here. If left untreated, this small hole allows bacteria to enter the tooth and start eating away the dentin and pulp. Over time, the cavity essentially grows and grows, causing lots of discomforts and even tooth infections.
If caught early, tooth cavities can be reversed. Before the bacteria make a hole in the tooth’s enamel, the acids will demineralize the tooth. This is the first stage of a cavity.
Unfortunately, by the time most patients notice the cavity, the small hole’s already been formed, which means the cavity cannot be reversed. Tooth enamel does not regenerate like other tissues in the body, and the only way to fix it is to see a dentist, clean the tooth and get a dental filling.
The best way to prevent tooth decay is to stay on top of your oral health. This means having a good oral hygiene routine and seeing the dentist for preventative treatments that can help make your teeth stronger and reduce the risk of dental health issues like cavities, gum disease, and more.
Here are some tips that can help you reduce the risk of cavities:
If you’ve noticed a cavity, don’t wait. Over time, it can grow so much that the tooth will become infected, which can lead to needing more extensive procedures like a root canal or permanent tooth loss.
Bryan Packard, DMD is here to provide you with expert restorative services designed to help your smile regain its health.
To get started, you can book an appointment at Precision Dental online or call our practice at 270-715-9214 for more information about our services.