How much do you know about cavities? A cavity is an extremely common dental concern, especially for young children. But what causes them, how can they be prevented, and what should you expect during a cavity filling?
We’ve answered all of your cavity questions and more to help you better understand your teeth and maintain the best oral care possible.
A cavity is a large pit in your tooth that grows deeper as time passes. The earlier you catch a cavity, the easier it is to repair.
Cavities are caused by plaque build up. Plaque is a sticky substance made up of germs and bacteria. It contains acid and eats away at your enamel, causing your tooth to erode and decay. A cavity is a product of this tooth decay.
- Tooth sensitivity
- Discomfort when chewing or biting down
- Visible holes in your teeth
- Brown, black, or white staining on your teeth
- Spontaneous toothaches
If you have teeth, then you’re at risk of developing a cavity. The most common culprits behind cavities include:
- Salty chips
- Dried Fruits
A cavity filling takes about an hour. It repairs your tooth and fills in the area that was damaged. Your dentist will numb your affected teeth and any surrounding gums so you don’t feel any discomfort. Your dentist will then drill out the decay and replace it with filling. You may feel a bit numb for a few hours following the procedure, but soon your tooth will be back in tip-top shape!