It is massively important that you treat a cavity early in the process. Why? It’s like any other problem, it must be dealt with while it’s still under control!
If you knew your tire had a slow leak, would you ignore it, or would you patch it?
Of course you’d patch it because you know that it’s only a matter of time before that small hole becomes a larger problem that’ll leave you on the side of the road.
The same is true with a cavity. While small, it may not bother you at all, but it’s only a matter of time before the bacteria causing your cavity move deeper into your tooth to cause pain and infection.
Whether you’re talking about a tire or a tooth, correcting the issue becomes more and more challenging (and expensive) the longer you wait.
Prevent Decay Before it Begins
Preventing cavities is all about understanding what causes them in the first place. Residue left on your teeth creates a meal for the bacteria in your mouth. As bacteria feast, the byproduct is acid. That high concentration of acid weakens the enamel of your tooth, which creates a small hole, also known as a cavity.
In order to prevent that decay, you have to address the cause: residue on your teeth. This means:
- Brush at least twice each day
- Floss at least once per day
- Drink plenty of water and avoid sipping sugary or acidic beverages all day
- Avoid sticky or starchy snacks
- See a dentist at least once every six months for professional cleanings
Even with these rules of the road in place, decay is possible. That’s when you take it to the next level.
Visiting the Dentist is Extremely Important
Home care will only take you so far in the quest for preventing decay. That’s why visiting our office every six months is so incredibly important. When here, you’ll receive a professional cleaning and exam, but that’s not all.
We offer other preventive measures as well.
Fluoride Varnish – Strengthen your enamel with fluoride. It dries quickly on your teeth and strengthens your teeth against decay.
Dental Sealants – Protect your teeth with dental sealants. This clear coating will cover the nooks and crannies of your teeth to protect you from decay. It’s especially helpful for children.
Dry Mouth Treatment – Dry mouth may sound like more of a discomfort than a decay concern, but by learning to manage this condition, you can actually protect your teeth from cavities.
When a cavity happens, let Dr. Ellsworth and his team have the opportunity to catch it early and treat it completely before the problem grows. Whenever possible, we are going to show you the preventive techniques that will help you avoid cavities in the future. It all begins with a visit to our office. Call 509-850-3217 or fill out our online form to request an appointment time. We can’t wait to see you soon!