Check those Cavities!
“You have cavities.” - is one of the most dreaded things to hear from your dentist. Irksome, painful and most importantly a real bother while eating meals and brushing the teeth; cavities continue to remain our unanimous enemies. The WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates that almost all adults have dental caries at some point in their lives, and the number today has risen among children as well. Cavities are most common in developed countries thanks to the increased simple sugar consumption of the population.
Tooth decay, dental caries or cavities, are the names given to describe the breakdown of teeth caused by the bacteria. Poor dental hygiene is often what leads to cavities – inadequate brushing (brushing less than twice a day), not rinsing the mouth after every meal, not flossing etc. are some of the key factors that contribute to its occurrence. When the roots of the teeth are exposed from having receding gums – it could also result in cavities.
The bacterial breakdown of your teeth’s hard tissues is what causes caries. This is caused by the acid made from food remains or sugar on the surface of your tooth. The simple sugars present in your daily food are what primarily contribute to the increased growth of bacteria. Hence a balanced diet is very vital for a diet high in simple sugar poses a huge risk.
How do you know if you have caries? The first signs will be discomfort and difficulty while eating – you will slowly start to experience the sensation of something foreign being stuck in your teeth. Make sure to visit your dentist without delay. Cavities if left unattended can cause inflammation of tissues around your tooth and could lead to tooth loss and infections.
Your dentist will immediately begin treatment and suggest various methods to restore the damaged tooth/teeth and enable regular functions. You will be advised to follow a thorough cleaning schedule and maintain a diet low in sugar. Remember early detection is always better for you.
Talk to the experts at S10 Health today and make an appointment with the city’s best dental health professionals today!