How Do Cavities Form?
One of the most common dental problems that people face and need addressed is cavities. Cavities can be easily dealt with through the use of fillings and composite bonding materials if they occur. More serious cases of tooth decay can be effectively dealt with using more advanced treatments.
Staten Island, New York cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph T. Mormino has a great deal of experience when it comes to addressing cavities and other matters related to tooth decay. He will use his expertise to identify cavities and even note ways for patients to reverse tooth decay in order to prevent cavities from forming in the future. Below wed like to go over the basics of cavity formation and then mention ways cavities can be prevented and treated.
Cavities are sometimes referred to as dental caries. When a person has a cavity, that basically means the decay and damage of the enamel and/or dentin structure of a tooth. One of the primary causes of cavities is plaque build-up. Plaque is a substance that develops on the teeth which is caused by bacteria in the mouth. This plaque latches onto the smooth surface of a tooth and gradually eats away at the enamel and dentin. Plaque can be easily removed within the first 48 hours of formation, though if not dealt with, the plaque will harden into tartar which is much more difficult to remove. Dry mouth can be another major cause of cavities since bacteria will thrive in a dry mouth leading to greater plaque formation.
To avoid developing cavities, its important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. This will help remove any plaque build-up on the teeth before it develops into tartar. You may even want to consider brushing your teeth after every meal just in case. Its also important that you floss regularly. Flossing removes any food particles and plaque that is trapped between your teeth.
If you have a cavity or some form of tooth decay, there are many options for addressing the issue. Minor cavities can be dealt with using fillings. More serious tooth decay can be dealt with using composite bonding materials. For major tooth decay, Staten Island, New York dental crowns are likely the best option, especially if much of a tooths structure has been compromised.
To learn more about this and other dental health topics, we encourage you to contact our Staten Island dental care office today. Dr. Mormino and his team look forward to speaking with you.