Cavities — they happen to almost every single one of us. Tooth decay can hit any person at any stage of life and if not treated promptly, it can lead to deep infection and eventual loss of tooth.
At Palo Alto Oral Health, our doctors and Dr. Sharma recommend good eating and lifestyle habits as well as getting routine dental checkups to ensure you have healthy teeth.
How Much Do Tooth Cavities Hurt?
Possibly the worst thing about tooth cavities is not how much they hurt but how much they don't hurt. If you have a cavity hidden in between your teeth, you may never be aware of it until you start to feel the pain.
The problem is that most cavities only start to hurt when an infection has penetrated deep into the tooth, possibly even to your dental pulp. If that happens, you will feel a sharp, deep and persistent pain. You may also see a pimple-like bump in your gums, see your tooth darkening, or experience a bad taste in your mouth.
In many cases, a filling won't be able to get the job done. A deep cavity will often require less conservative procedures like root canal treatment.
This is why, it is very important that you always keep your dental appointments with us. our doctors and Dr. Sharma are trained in identifying cavities in places you might miss. In addition, we also perform dental x-rays to ensure there is no cavity that remains hidden.
How To Prevent Cavities
Pain in your teeth is no fun. Fortunately, there are various ways you can ensure excellent dental health.
Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush twice a day every day.
Use a fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoride water to remineralize your teeth and make them stronger.
Use floss every day so that you can remove food debris and plaque from in between teeth, which are the most vulnerable places of your teeth.
Use an alcohol-free antimicrobial mouthrinse after every meal.
Limit consumption of sugary food and drinks that rot your teeth.
Keep your six-monthly dental appointment every time.
Cavities are widespread and common. If you notice a cavity in your tooth, do not wait for it to get worse. Call us today at (650) 321-9693 so that we can treat it before it becomes bigger and require more expensive treatment.
Thank you for trusting us with your oral health. Give us a call at (650) 321-9693.
2875 Middlefield Rd Suite #1 Palo Alto, CA94306-2548
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