FAQs: What Causes Cavities To Form?

Dental cavities can impact patients of all ages, from children to adults. Without treatment, they can even lead to infections and other serious complications. But what causes cavities to form? Can understand the factors behind them help you prevent their onset?

Frequently Asked Questions About Cavities

Question: What causes one to form?

Answer: We have an outer layer of enamel on our teeth that protects them from bacteria and injury. However, there can still be injuries severe enough to damage them and poor oral hygiene can eventually weaken the enamel. When bacteria can move past the enamel and into the inner layers of dentin, a cavity then forms.

Question: How do I know if I have one?

Answer: If you undergo routine checkups every six months, we can usually catch them in the earliest stages. Otherwise, when a cavity forms you may know something is wrong due to persistent toothaches or tooth sensitivity, especially when eating or drinking. If you have pain in your tooth that doesn’t subside after a day or two, then let us know. We can perform a diagnosis and if we find decay, discuss treatment options.

Question: What steps can I take to avoid one?

Answer: First, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night. Doing so removes food particles and limits the amount of plaque that can form. You also need to schedule a cleaning every six months to remove plaque buildup. Finally, be sure to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which can increase the severity of plaque and tooth decay.

Question: How do you treat one?

Answer: Should a cavity form, we can usually treat them in one visit with a lifelike composite dental filling. In cases of advanced decay, we can place a custom-made dental crown. If you have decay in your teeth, we can repair the problem and restore your smile to optimal health and function.

Did We Answer Your Cavity Questions?

If you have any more questions about identifying and treating cavities, then please let us know! You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.