As most people are aware, tooth decay is another way of saying you have a cavity. And although most people also know why and how one arrives at getting a cavity, we thought we would break it down to help our reading audience understand why oral health is so important, and why regular dental visits are imperative in order to maintain a healthy smile.
How is a Cavity Created?
A cavity – or tooth decay – is caused when the bacteria in your mouth turns into acid and begins to attack your teeth, breaking down the protective layer of enamel and creating a cavity.
Left untreated, a small cavity that would have required a small filling, can become infected and cause discomfort and even a fair amount of pain. In worst-case scenarios, an untreated cavity can lead to the loss of that tooth, or a root canal – which can be a costly procedure, much greater than a simple filling.
Regular dental treatments can help to prevent both cavities as well as these more serious damages from occurring.
The Building Blocks of Your Teeth
Each tooth has 3 layers; enamel is the outer “shiny” layer, dentin is what is inside of your “white tooth”, and pulp is the inner most layer that holds the nerves and blood vessels of your tooth.
Acid, caused by bacteria, will begin at your outer layer (enamel) and work it’s way into the tooth (dentin and pulp), and with each layer the bacteria is able to reach, the more damage it creates and the more dental work necessary. So regular checkups, proper oral care and overall preventative care is the most cost-effective measures you can take in maintaining a healthy smile.
Is There Ways to Prevent Decay?
Regular brushing and flossing is your first safeguard measure in preventing cavities. As well as ensuring your diet is well balanced without a lot of sugary foods that can create acid causing bacteria to form quickly. And, of course, visiting your dentist regularly will all aid in keeping your teeth healthy and strong and minimize the risk of cavities greatly.
At DentistsRUs, we provide you with a variety of dental professionals throughout the Lower Mainland who can offer you a dental checkup and cleaning and Sedation Dentistry for those who have a fear of visiting the dentist and require increased care.
No matter where you live in the Lower Mainland, we have a dental professional who can help serve you, and keep your smile a healthy shade of happy!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View