No matter your age, anyone can develop cavities, and cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health problems. Tooth decay is permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth and develop into very small openings or holes. Also referred to as cavities, tooth decay is caused by a combination of things, including teeth not being cleaned well, bacteria in your mouth, snacking too often, and drinking overly sugared beverages. All these factors contribute to poor oral health. When it comes to good dental hygiene in Downtown Brooklyn, at Hanson Place Dental, we like to educate all our patients on the importance of achieving it, and the consequences of tooth decay.
When tooth decay is left untreated, it becomes larger and soon affects the deeper layers of your teeth. This untreated tooth decay will also lead to severe toothache, infection and, ultimately, tooth loss. We cannot stress enough how important regular dental visits are as well as good brushing and flossing habits, to prevent tooth decay. Depending on the extent, and location, of decay, the symptoms can vary. Some definite signs to watch for are toothache, sensitivity or sharp pain when eating sweets or something hot or cold, pain when biting down, , or any discharge around teeth or visible holes in teeth or gums. When a cavity is new there is often no symptom at all but our dentist might be able to see decay starting and recommend the proper steps to prevent it from worsening. That’s why it’s important to make and keep regular dental checkup appointments with our specialists in dental hygiene in downtown Brooklyn.
As far as treatments for tooth decay go, they depend on the severity of the decay and each patient’s situation. Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth repair themselves and fluoride treatments are common at early stages of decay. Fillings replace decayed areas of your teeth and are the leading treatment option once the damage has become permanent. If you have severe tooth decay or your teeth have weakened due to a cavity, you may need a crown rather than a filling to restore your tooth. For continued good dental hygiene in Downtown Brooklyn, our dentist will recommend a root canal when decay reaches your tooth’s pulp. With this procedure, your tooth’s pulp is removed and replaced with a filling. We pride ourselves on keeping you educated on not only symptoms and treatments, but causes. With this education, our valued patients may be able to avoid costly and uncomfortable dental issues which may lead to tooth loss.