Tooth cavities are one of the most common- and preventable- dental problems affecting patients of ALL ages. Preventive dental care and a good oral hygiene routine are the keys to reducing the risk of tooth decay. Plaque buildup is the number one contributor to tooth cavities. Only your local dentist and hygienist can completely remove plaque buildup with biannual dental checkups and cleanings.
One of the biggest challenges in dentistry for children is preventing tooth decay. By bringing your children to regular dental visits starting at age 3, we will be able to prevent tooth decay and subsequent dental cavities.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
If tooth decay is very prevalent in your mouth, you may need a painless root canal treatment. A root canal procedure is a simple procedure used to treat infections in the base of a tooth. When your tooth is severely infected with a cavity, the pulp inside the root canals becomes inflamed. This causes you pain and increased sensitivity. The procedure is used to remove the infected pulp and can help you avoid more serious complications, including having the tooth removed entirely.
Treatment for Tooth Cavities
Hires Dental Care offers a variety of dental filling options, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Our office uses composite fillings, which are tooth-colored and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. They are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
Your dentist at Hires Dental Care can identify dental cavities before most patients experience symptoms. It is important to maintain regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. At appropriate intervals, digital dental x-rays can identify problems at a very early stage, which will minimize treatment needs. In advanced stages of tooth decay, you might experience:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Visible holes or pits in the teeth
- Soreness around the gums
How To Prevent Tooth Decay
One of the most common dental problems in dentistry is tooth decay. It is especially an issue among children. The best way to avoid tooth decay is with diligent at home oral health care and regular visits to our Toledo, OH dentist office. Routine visits allow our dentists to screen for decay and offer the most conservative treatments. We also offer sealants for children to protect teeth and prevent decay. At-home oral health care involves brushing at least two times a day and flossing at least once a day. We will instruct parents on how to help their child with their oral care. Limiting sugar is also crucial to preventing tooth decay.
Schedule a Dental Checkup & Cleaning in Toledo OH
The best way to prevent cavities is to visit the dentist at least twice a year; every 6 months. The team at Hires Dental Care is dedicated to providing Lucas County and surrounding communities with excellent dental services. Give us a call at 419.365.2217 or request an appointment online today.