Looking in the mirror at the cavities in your teeth and saying, “meh, I’ll deal with it later” is probably the primary reason why so many people lose teeth so often.
Even though you’re thought since childhood that cavities are no good, you still don’t bother to treat them. The reason? Well, maybe it doesn’t bother you at all.
There’s no pain, no sensitivity, no nothing. So you let them be.
What you don’t realize is that cavities are like a ninja: silent but deadly. It sounds dramatic, but that’s the best way to describe them.
Holding off treatment for cavities will only make the situation worse. It’ll get to a point where the pain and sensitivity won’t let you eat like you used to, and if that weren’t enough, it’d also give you a bad appearance.
No more smiling or laughing out loud, just discomfort and the anxiety of what other people will think of you.
So let’s explore them a little bit more.
What Does a Cavity Look Like?
A cavity is like a hole. It forms when harmful bacteria in the mouth are exposed to acid, usually from sugary or acidic foods. It destroys the tooth enamel and makes its way to the pulp, where the nerve is.
What are the Symptoms of a Cavity?
Because the development of cavities has different stages, you may manifest some symptoms that’ll indicate something is going on.
Watch for the following signs:
- Toothache (a sudden pain that shows up out of nowhere.)
- Spontaneous sharp pain with cold, hot, or sugary foods.
- Pain when biting into something
- Stains (brown, black, or white)
Although right now you might not be feeling any discomfort, trust us, winter is coming.
4 Things That Can Happen if Cavities are Left Untreated?
As time goes on, it will become much more unbearable to use your tooth. It doesn’t matter if you only try to eat soft foods. You will still experience intense, recurring pain that will spread throughout your mouth. It’s something that can ruin anyone’s day and life.
This is one of the first and annoying symptoms of tooth decay. Suddenly you can’t stand to eat a whole popsicle, or you don’t enjoy your morning coffee as much because it causes you pain. Those pleasant sensations will never be the same again as long as you don’t visit the dentist.
When the bacteria manage to completely penetrate your tooth, an abscess will appear next. Which causes inflammation and swelling. This symptom is considered a dental emergency because it can cause a life-threatening infection if not treated in time.
4 Tooth loss
If you did not take care of your tooth at all, it is most likely significantly deteriorated and damaged. In these cases, it couldn’t even be repaired with a root canal, so the last alternative would be to remove the tooth altogether. You will now have to resort to dental implants and perhaps other extensive procedures to restore it.
Of course, everything has s solution, and a Tijuana dentist can offer you one depending on your cavities’ severity level.
If the damage is minor, amalgam, composite resin, or porcelain fillings are among the most common and easy solutions to treat decay.
If your decay is a bit worse and your tooth has more damage, you’ll need a dental crown. These are designed to replace and protect your tooth. Your Tijuana dentist offers strong and beautiful Porcelain Crowns in One Single visit.
But when the cavity has reached the insides of your tooth, then it’s time for a root canal treatment. This will clean out the infection completely. There’s a chance you can still keep your tooth if it’s not so several damaged.
Otherwise, the tooth will simply have to be removed.
How Can You Prevent Cavities?
Practice oral hygiene habits often, in fact, every day. Choose a fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day.
Don’t forget about dental floss, your best friend. Many people tend to skip flossing their teeth, don’t be one of them. Flossing before brushing your teeth helps you remove hard-to-reach bacteria and helps keep your gums pink and healthy.
Be mindful of what you eat as well. Foods like fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva flow. You can also try unsweetened coffee or sugar-free gum.
Stay away from drinking sugary drinks frequently. It only harms your teeth and even more if you do it often.
Most importantly, make sure to visit your dentist every six months at least. Professional teeth cleanings are a must, and check-ups help you prevent future issues that can cause pain and make your pockets hurt.
Contact us today to have a complimentary one-on-one consultation with a professional Tijuana dentist that can help you treat your cavities in a painless, effective way.
Stop putting your oral health aside and save your teeth today!