Being well educated on the causes and treatments of dental decay is the best way to good dental health and a white smile. Basically, anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including babies, and cavities and dental decay are among the world’s most common health problems. Cavities develop into very small openings or holes and permanently damage areas in the hard surface of your teeth. Also called tooth decay, cavities are caused by various issues, including teeth not being cleaned properly, bacteria in your mouth, snacking too often, and even drinking beverages that have too much sugar in them. Our local Easton dentist likes to educate all our patients on the importance of good oral hygiene and the consequences of cavities and dental decay.
When left untreated, cavities get larger and soon affect the deeper layers of your teeth. These untreated cavities can also lead to severe toothache, infection and, ultimately, loss of the tooth. At Easton Smiles, we cannot stress enough how important regular dental visits are as well as good brushing and flossing habits to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Depending on the location and extent of decay, the symptoms will vary. Some signs to look out for are toothache, sensitivity or sharp pain when eating sweets or something hot or cold, pain when biting down, visible holes in teeth, or any discharge around teeth or gums. There may be no symptoms at all when a cavity is new but our local Easton dentist might be able to see decay starting and recommend the proper treatment to prevent it from getting worse.
When treatment calls for a filling, we offer many options depending on the severity of the cavity and your cosmetic goals. The latest dental fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds that look just like your natural teeth. These compounds, also called composite resins, are mostly used on the front teeth where you really want the look to be more natural. Depending on location and the extent of any tooth decay, they can also be used on the back teeth. Our local Easton dentist is a recognized expert in his field and is dedicated to making smiles their healthiest and brightest.