TOOTH DECAY, CAVITIES, CARIES
It’s where bacteria actually gets inside your tooth and starts rotting and eating your tooth away. That’s actually an infection in your tooth. What we understand from an even bigger perspective is it’s not just your tooth. You think about that rotting happening in your body and it’s spreading those toxins into your body. It’s really more of a, again, a systemic issue, where that decay is getting into your body. That really concerns us. We’re not all about drilling-and-filling and just managing your cavities. Because we want to get you fully healthy, we want to look at what are your risks. Why do you get cavities? What is the pH of your mouth? What is your genetic background? What is your nutrition and dietary intake look like? We really want to get you healthy. We want to eliminate cavities for you, completely.
Do you know what the #1 chronic childhood illness is?
Tooth decay. It is one of the most common of all disorders, second only to the common cold. It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect anyone. It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people. Bacteria is normally present in the mouth and changes food into acids. The combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva form plaque.
Plaque begins to form 20 minutes after eating and if not removed by proper flossing and brushing the decay process begins. As the acids in the plaque begin to weaken and dissolve the enamel, holes in the teeth are created. This is what we call Cavities or Caries.
Cavities are usually painless until they grow closer to the nerve or center of the tooth. Untreated decay destroys the enamel and the internal structure of the tooth thus resulting in root canals or loss of the teeth.
How is decay diagnosed?
Decay is diagnosed in a number of ways which include:
Laser Cavity Detection (Diagnodent)
SunBrite Dental is committed to keeping your teeth healthy. We like to catch cavities and treat them sooner rather than later. Remember, you can wait to treat them, but the bacteria eating away at your teeth are not waiting. The bacteria continue to eat away at your teeth. Treating cavities before they grow bigger ensures that the patient is more likely to avoid pain that bigger cavities can cause and the possibility of bigger and more expensive treatment down the road. If you notice your teeth are starting to get sensitive to hot/cold/sweets or are turning a darker color in certain spots, these are signs that you have cavities. If you feel like you have one of these symptoms, give us a call!