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Dental Cavities and its Treatment

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Cavities are used to refer to holes or structural damage  in the teeth ,bacteria are normally  present in the mouth  which helps in converting food especially starch and sugar into acids. Bacteria , the acid formed and debris  combine further to form a substance called plaque that adheres to the teeth. During brushing, if this plaque is not removed it leads to teeth decay.

The acids in plaque usually build up  on the teeth 20 minutes after eating  and starts to dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth and create holes in the tooth called cavities or caries. Cavities are not only common with children but also adults especially it occurs with aging. Pulling away of gum tissue from the teeth commonly associated with gum diseases can expose tooth roots to plaque. Foods rich in carbohydrates are known to be an accelerant to teeth decay due to the formation of plaque.

Sticky foods are so dangerous because they enhance the chances of the harmful acids forming on the teeth as compared to nonsticky foods and frequent eating of snacks increases the chances of starch and sugars coming into contact with the teeth. Cavities to many people are usually painless thus difficult to discover them but the most common cavity symptom are an increased sensational to cold sweet foods and beverages. Cavities in hospitals are usually detected by hands –on and radiographic examinations

Treatment of teeth cavities may involve a procedure called filling, this involves filling the teeth by removing the decayed tooth and replacing it with a material such as silver alloy, gold or porcelain. Porcelain is usually preferred for the front tooth as it usually looks like  a natural tooth .The case where the tooth decay is extensive it is highly advisable to use crowns ,the weakened teeth are removed and fitted with a crown  which can be made of gold or porcelain. If you use fillings you may increase the chances of the teeth breaking.

The case where tooth decay has completely affected the nerve on the tooth a root canal process needs to come hand in hand, a sealing material is used to feel the roots after the center of the tooth including nerve and blood vessel tissue are removed

Prevention is usually considered the best cure for any kind of complication as it does not cause any kind of effects, cavities are usually brought by bad hygiene in the mouth. It requires one to brush his/her teeth for about 10 minutes after every meal and after every 6 months, one should go to a dentist for a medical checkup.

Chewing or sticky foods such as candy should be avoided or after being taken one should brush the teeth to prevent creating a breeding ground for bacteria, snacking should be prevented as it increases acids in the mouth. Thin plastic –like- coatings fitted on the chewing surfaces of molars known as sealants extremely help in preventing cavities .This coating prevents accumulation of plaque   in the deep grooves of teeth.