If you brush and floss regularly, and keep scheduled dental appointments, you greatly reduce the odds of developing a cavity. Unfortunately, many people, even among those who believe they are maintaining good oral health habits, will develop at least one cavity in their lifetime. If you are worried that you have a cavity, you should visit your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. When a cavity is left untreated, it can infect the interior of your tooth. An advanced cavity can cause more significant damage to a tooth, and can require a more involved treatment than a cavity that has been promptly treated. Continue reading “Treating Advanced Cavities”
Worried you might have a cavity? If you’ve noticed discoloration like grey or black lines forming along a tooth’s crevices, or are experiencing sensitivity or pain isolated to a single tooth, it is very likely due to a cavity. Most adults will experience at least one cavity in their lifetimes. But the good news is that treatment for a cavity is actually quite simple, and it doesn’t have to compromise the appearance of your smile, either. Modern, tooth-colored fillings are a wonderful alternative to the shiny metal fillings used in years past. They’re also sturdy, create tight seals of protection, and almost seamlessly blend in with your teeth. So, if you’ve been diagnosed with a cavity or suspect you may have one, it’s time to stop worrying. Restorative treatment can help! Continue reading “Got a Cavity? Get a Tooth Filling”
Chances are your October calendar page is quickly filling up with lots of kid-friendly activities, and also, ample opportunities to indulge in some candy. There are lots of sweets to be enjoyed this time of year, from snack-sized chocolates, to extra large slices of pumpkin pie. It’s okay for most people to enjoy a treat now and then, but if you don’t want to spend the new year dealing with tooth decay, like pesky cavities, there are a few key tricks to keeping your smile healthy!
Dental pain is no laughing matter. It can make enjoying your favorite foods feel impossible, and even your morning cup of coffee uncomfortable. But a cavity doesn’t have to get the final word or the win. Restorative treatment, such as simple tooth fillings, can help to restore your oral health once again, so that you can get back to dazzling the world with both your wit and your pearly whites! If you’re sick of dental discomfort keeping you on the sidelines, it’s time to see how a filling could help get you back in the game. Continue reading “Achieve a Winning Smile With Tooth Fillings”
Although the best dental filling is no dental filling, most people require at least one filling at some point in their lives. Usually by the time they reach young adulthood. The best thing, of course, is to have no or very few fillings. Once your tooth is filled, especially if it is a large cavity, if something else were to happen to it–for instance a break or fracture–it can take more time, money, and discomfort to save the tooth. However, if you do need a dental filling, composite fillings have become the popular choice.
There are a variety of dental filling materials available today. Gold and silver fillings used to be the most common fillings since the early 19th century but recently the most common fillings have become tooth-colored composite resin. However, there are other fillings to choose from depending on your needs. Being aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each filling will help you decide which dental filling is right for you.
The addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies began an ongoing debate about the safety and necessity of water fluoridation. Research, however, has proven time and again that fluoride is effective for helping prevent cavities. No research has proven that fluoride is unsafe. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water supplies, but not at high enough concentrations to benefit teeth. That’s why it is increased, to combat decay. Read on to learn the history of fluoride.
Silver amalgam fillings are a mixture of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. They have been under scrutiny for years due to the belief that mercury leaches out of the filling and you’re your body causing serious illnesses. Even though these claims have never been substantiated, another type of dental filling has been introduced. It is a metal-free filling that is tooth colored and made of plastic and glass. This metal-free filling is called composite resin.
Cavities are most common in children and young adults, but they can develop at any age. According to statistics, 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have experienced cavities in their permanent teeth. As you can see cavities are common. One of the major reasons there is so much tooth decay is because our diets overwhelmingly consist of sugars and starches. Lack of proper oral hygiene is another reason. Are some people at a higher risk for cavities than others? And if so who? Are you at risk for cavities?
There is no shortage of beauty during the holidays including sparkling lights, glittering decorations, and perfectly wrapped gifts. There is also no shortage of sweet treats. Sweets are one thing dentists and general practitioners suggest their patients avoid. General practitioners want their patients to avoid sweets because the processed sugar contributes to weight gain and diabetes. Dentists want their patients to avoid sweets because the processed sugars cause tooth decay. Read on to find out what sweet treats to sidestep during the holidays.