Dental Cavity is used to refer to holes or structural damage in the teeth, bacteria are normally present in the mouth which help in converting food especially starch and sugar into acids.
Bacteria, the acid formed and debris combine further to form a substance called plaque that adheres to the teeth. During brushing if this plaque is not removed it leads to teeth decay.
The acids in plaque usually build up on the teeth 20 minutes after eating and start to dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth and create holes in the tooth called cavities or carries.
Cavities are not only common with children but also with adults, especially it occurs with aging. Pulling away gum tissue from the teeth commonly associated with gum diseases can expose tooth roots to plaque. Foods rich in carbohydrates are known to be an accelerant to teeth decay due to the formation of plaque.
Sticky foods are so dangerous because they enhance the chances of the harmful acids forming on the teeth as compared to non-sticky foods and frequent eating of snacks increases the chances of starch and sugars coming into contact with the teeth.
Cavities to many people are usually painless thus difficult to discover them but the most common cavity symptom is an increased sensational to cold sweet foods and beverages. Cavities in hospitals are usually detected by hands-on and radiographic examinations.
Treatment of teeth cavities may involve a procedure called filling, this involves filling the teeth by removing the decayed tooth and replacing it with a material such as silver alloy, gold, or porcelain.
Porcelain is usually preferred for the front tooth as it usually looks like a natural tooth. In the case where the tooth decay is extensive, it is highly advisable to use crowns, the weakened teeth are removed and fitted with a crown that can be made of gold or porcelain. If you use fillings you may increase the chances of the teeth breaking.
In the case where tooth decay has completely affected the nerve on the tooth, a root canal process needs to come hand in hand, a sealing material is used to feel the roots after the center of the tooth including nerve and blood vessel tissue is removed.
Prevention is usually considered the best cure for any kind of complication as it does not cause any kind of effects, cavities are usually brought by bad hygiene in the mouth.
It requires one to brush his/her teeth for about 10 minutes after every meal and after every 6 months, one should go to a dentist for a medical checkup.
Chewing or sticky foods such as candy should be avoided or after being taken one should brush the teeth to prevent creating a breeding ground of bacteria, snacking should be prevented as it increases acids in the mouth.
Thin plastic-like- coatings fitted on the chewing surfaces of molars known as sealants extremely helpful in preventing cavities. This coating prevents the accumulation of plaque in the deep grooves of teeth.
Mani CCJ is a qualified graduate from UCP Lahore. He is an expert in Computer and Programming. He started blogging in 2015 and now he is working as a professional blogger and freelance news reporter.