Cavities

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Sometimes no matter how well we brush and floss, tooth decay is inevitable. A dental cavity is caused by the presence of both bacterial plaque and the sugars from the foods and drinks we consume. When we brush and floss poorly, the bacteria in plaque use the sugars to create an acid, which causes enamel breakdown and a cavity. We all have different levels of bacteria in our mouths, which put us at different risks for tooth decay. Some people have more harmful bacteria that cause cavities and are more susceptible to the break down of teeth, leading to more cavities.

Tooth decay starts as a small painless area on a tooth, but if left untreated almost always grows in size and severity. Although decay starts on the tooth enamel, it can spread quickly once the outer protective layer has been breached. The interior and even the nerve of the tooth are then susceptible to the spreading decay. Small and medium sized cavities almost never cause pain, but deep and/or large cavities can cause severe pain and require root-canals or extractions to relieve pain as well as restore oral heath. Therefore, it is very important to have cavities treated before they cause any pain. If they are treated while they are small, costly and more complex dental procedures can often be avoided.

Tooth decay is a very serious problem in America costing patients millions of dollars per year in dental expenses and lost wages. Our caring dentists and hygienists strive to educate and assist all of our patients in ensuring the most effective and efficient removal of plaque. With proper dental care and good oral hygiene, people can prevent tooth decay, maintain their teeth and end up spending far less time and money at the dental office. The caring dental professionals at Belleair Smiles will take the time to help you do what it takes to prevent and treat tooth decay and cavities. 

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