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Dental Cavities

Dental Cavities are also known as caries or tooth decay. If your dentist discovers a cavity, it needs repairing because it is a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of your teeth. Tiny openings and holes make their way through the enamel creating decay. Unhealthy eating, frequent snacking and not cleaning your teeth well lead to cavities. 

Tooth decay is among the world’s most common health issues and if untreated it can lead to severe toothaches, infections and loss of teeth. We want you to avoid these issues and have some good prevention tips below.

Prevention Tips

  • Drink tap water because it often contains fluoride
  • Consider getting dental sealants
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste after eating or drinking
  • Rinse your mouth
  • Visit the dentist on a regular basis
  • Combine treatments like chewing xylitol-based gum along with prescription fluoride and an antibacterial rinse
We want you to be aware of the signs of decay so you will know when to visit us at Stoney Trail Dental.

Signs and Symptoms of Cavities

  • Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any apparent cause
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Brown, black or white staining on any surface of your teeth
  • Pain when biting down
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
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Factors Increasing the Risk of Cavities

Cavities can occur without notice so we have created a list of some maneuvers to avoid and things that put your teeth in peril.
  • Teeth that are harder to keep clean like back teeth (molars and premolars)
  • Food that clings to your teeth for a long time like hard candy and honey
  • Dry mouth
  • Lack of or too little flossing
  • Lots of snacking and sipping causing your teeth to wear down
  • Feeding your infants during bedtime or when toddlers wander around drinking from a sippy cup or bottles with liquids that contain sugar
  • Young children and teenagers or older adults
  • Fillings and dental devices, easier for plaque build-up in certain zones that are hard to get to
  • Heartburn causes dentin attack
  • Too little an amount of fluoride being used
  • Eating disorders causing stomach acid interfering with saliva production
Plaque builds up on your teeth within 20 minutes of eating so get that toothbrush out and use it regularly.
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Tooth Decay Treatments

When tooth decay occurs, we have the treatment options available to you for healthy teeth and gums.
Check our Calgary dentist office out for a positive dental future.
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