More than half of all patients will have at least one cavity at some point in their life. This is very common for young children, but it can also affect adults. At Riverside Dental Group in California, we can help you prevent this problem and treat it when necessary. It is important to keep your smile cavity-free to maintain a healthy smile, prevent tooth loss, and prevent the need for more invasive dental work later.
Preventing Dental Decay
Cavities are caused by a buildup of bacteria on your tooth’s surface. These bad bacteria can create plaque, which can dissolve your enamel. Dental decay can happen to anyone, but there are groups at higher risk. People with poor oral hygiene and high-sugar diets may develop more cavities. Genetics, age, and tooth location also play a role in the likelihood of decay. Cavities on your back molars are common because this is where we chew our food, and it can be difficult to properly brush and floss in that area.
To prevent developing caries, be sure to follow a healthy diet and good oral hygiene. When you eat something high in sugar, drink water to rinse out the residue. This is helpful if you will not be able to brush your teeth immediately after. When you brush your teeth, remember to brush for two minutes twice a day. Follow up with floss and an antibacterial mouthwash. Remember to also see your dentist twice a year. These visits can help detect cavities early which can lead to faster treatment.
How Fillings Repair Cavities
If you notice sensitivity when eating or drinking, persistent bad breath, or a change in the texture of your tooth, you may have a cavity. Your dentist can confirm this during your checkup and prepare your treatment. Fillings help repair the tooth after decay and protect your tooth.
During this restoration process, you will be numbed for your comfort. Then, the damaged part of the tooth is removed. Composite material is then added to the cleaned and prepped area. This material will blend in with the shade of your smile and is long-lasting. Once this is bonded in place, your appointment is over. You may not be able to eat or drink for around 30 minutes as the filling sets.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Call your closest Riverside Dental Group location today to schedule a filling or other service.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.