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X-ray showing decay due to poor flossing habits. We call these flossing cavities because they would have been prevented if they would have flossed their teeth every day.
Types of Cavities: Cavities are decayed areas of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. The three types of cavities are shown here. Smooth surface cavities occur on the smooth sides of your teeth, while root cavities develop on the surface over the roots. Pit and fissure cavities occur on the chewing surface of your teeth.
Split Tooth. A split tooth is often the result of the long term progression of a cracked tooth. The split tooth is identified by a crack with distinct segments that can be separated. A split tooth can never be saved intact. The position and extent of the crack, however, will determine whether any portion of the tooth can be saved. In rare instances, endodontic treatment and a crown or other restoration by your dentist may be used to save a portion of the tooth.
A small #cavity on the top of the #tooth today can be easily fixed with a filling in just minutes. But if you let it go, it grows deeper and deeper until it infects the nerve and then you’ll need a #root canal and a crown to save the #tooth. An ounce of #prevention is always worth a pound of cure. You need to get your teeth examined for decay at least once per year.
Put Down The Pop! People who drink 3 glasses of soda a day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.
Every time you chow down on that chocolate bar the bacteria in your mouth have a party feasting on the sugar. The sugar quickly turns into acid, which sits on your teeth and eats away at the tooth’s natural enamel (the stuff that protects your tooth from decay). When this enamel is eaten away by the acid on your tooth, you get a cavity! Brushing your teeth after eating a sugary treat can help prevent cavities; but before you indulge, remind yourself: Can’t brush? Hold the sugar! #garyrlogindmd
Sealants are the most under-utilized, cost effective means of preventing tooth decay. Most cavities in children occur in places that sealants could have protected. Have you considered sealants for your children?
Just say “No” to bottles in bed. Never put your baby to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup filled with milk, formula, fruit juice, or other sweet liquid. The sugar in these beverages can cause cavities in your baby’s teeth, leading to “baby bottle tooth decay.” If you must give your baby a bottle to sleep fill the bottle with water instead.