At Sandy Springs Restorative & General Dentistry, family dentists, Dr. Maria Benefield believes that taking care of your smile now can help prevent complex dental issues in the future. When you don’t take proper care of your smile, it can lead to the development of dental problems like tooth decay and cavities. Most patients believe that cavities are a dental concern that just affects children. However, patients of all ages can develop a cavity if they don’t take proper care of their teeth. In this post, we will answer some of the most asked questions patients have about cavities, in hopes that patients will take the steps necessary to improve their oral health.
All About Cavities
How Do Cavities Develop?
A cavity develops as a result of tooth decay. All the foods that we consume, especially foods with sugar and starch, mix with the saliva, bacteria, and debris in the mouth to form plaque. If plaque is not properly removed, it can result in tooth decay and the eventually a cavity. A cavity may resemble a hole or pit in the tooth enamel.
How Do I Know I Have A Cavity?
The ideal way to know if you have a cavity is to visit our Atlanta, GA dentist office. However, some patients may notice they have increased tooth sensitivity, a visible hole or pit in their tooth, or a toothache. If you are experiencing any signs of cavity formation, it is important that you visit our Atlanta, GA dental office. Dr. Benefield can perform a detailed examination of your teeth to determine if you have developed a cavity.
How Do I Avoid Cavities?
Preventing cavities requires patients to practice preventive dental care. Patients should maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine and schedule regular dental check-ups. Daily brushing and flossing help keep the teeth clean and minimizes the chance of developing cavities. Also, visiting the dentist regularly allows your dentist to catch any early signs of minor or major dental concerns. During the dental check-up, patients will also receive a thorough dental cleaning to remove any tartar or plaque buildup from the teeth.
How Do I Treat A Cavity?
Your treatment will depend on the progression of your cavity and any underlying dental issues you may have. Cavities can usually be treated with a tooth-colored dental filling, inlays/onlays, or a dental crown. Dr. Benefield will examine your teeth and develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Schedule An Appointment
Get the dental care you need in a comfortable, patient-focused environment. Atlanta dentist, Dr. Benefield, offers a wide range of dentistry services to improve your smile. If you need to set up an appointment, contact Sandy Springs Restorative & General Dentistry or schedule an appointment online.