What is a cavity?

Have you ever wondered what exactly a cavity is?

For starters, Cavities are formed when acids and other bacteria start to soften and break down the enamel of the tooth. When a tooth goes untreated(cleaning, flossing, brushing, etc.) the cavity can form.

If the cavity goes too long without treatment, it will grow and cause more damage to the tooth.

According to crest.com tooth decay can happen when foods(specifically containing carbohydrates) get stuck between your teeth and are not removed. Other causes are sugary drinks and sticky foods.

“The more sugar consumes, the more acid.” As mentioned above acid is a contributor to tooth decay and cavity formation.

Ensuring you have good oral habits is the best way to fight cavities! Making sure that you are being cautious about what you are eating will help defend against cavities. Be sure that you are brushing after you eat acidic, sticky, and sugary foods.

Here are some other things that you can do to prevent tooth decay:

•consider dental sealants
•Cut back on snacking and sipping
•Adapt your diet
• Use a mouth rinse/mouthwash
• Visit the dentist regularly

Certain foods and drinks trigger sensitive teeth, so be aware of what is bothering you when you are drinking hot/cold drinks or sweets. If you notice this, it can be a sign of advanced tooth decay.

If you notice an increase in pain, or pressure when you bite down, it might be time to come in and get your teeth checked.

Tooth decay and cavities can be reversed if caught early. The cavity needs treatment after it breaks through the enamel of the tooth. Until then, it can be avoided.

If you have not been in to visit us in a while, or are feeling any discomfort, give us a call at (801)747-8018 and we can get you scheduled.

New App Makes Brushing Fun!

 

New App Makes Brushing Fun!

David L. Steed

Brushing our teeth twice a day for 2 minutes takes a very small portion of our time, but even just 2 minutes can feel like an eternity to a child. That is why fun products like the FREE tooth brushing app from Oral B are so much fun!

The new Disney Magic Timer app features your child’s favorite Disney characters as part of an interactive stopwatch. This app (available on Iphone and Android) is cleverly designed to promote a healthy mouth with programmable reminders and an interactive sticker chart. The timer itself allows you to scan Disney and Marvel themed characters on your tooth brush or tooth paste to create scenes that your child can earn every time they brush their teeth. These fun rewards are collected as part of an album that can be viewed and shared with others to incentive brushing twice a day per dentist recommended guidelines.

The interactive timer is an excellent way to emphasize good brushing habits that build a healthy smile. At The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry we love to see cavity free kids in our offices. By using this fun new timer you can use positive reinforcement to keep their little mouths clean and healthy. If they are cavity free on their next visit, we will give them a certificate and a prize for being a part of our “No Cavity Club.”

No Cavity Club

For questions about popular ways to get help encourage brushing or to make an appointment, please call The Center of Dental Professionals at (801) 747-8018.