One of the most common reasons children will see a dentist is a cavity. Poor oral hygiene, excessive snacking, and a strong sweet tooth are just a few of the many potential causes for teeth developing cavities.
But if you’ve ever noticed a cavity developing, you more than likely wondered if you can do anything to reverse it and maybe even avoid a dental appointment altogether. Unfortunately, most kids will still need to go in for an appointment simply because, by the time you notice the cavity, it’s likely too late to reverse.
To understand why, keep reading this short blog post that will explain how cavities work, when they can be reversed, and what to do to protect your oral health.
Why You Can’t Reverse Cavities
By the cavity a cavity is noticed, it means there is already a hole in the tooth, which allows unwanted bacteria free access to the tooth’s pulp and even root. If left untreated, the cavity will grow, and the tooth can become infected.
Even if you spot the hole when it’s small, at-home remedies won’t be effective in reversing it. Unlike other tissues in the body, tooth enamel does not regenerate, so the hole created by the cavity is permanent. The only way to address it and prevent the bacteria from spreading further into the tooth is to see a dentist and get a filling.
You can technically reverse a cavity if you spot it in its first stage, also known as the demineralization stage. This means the bacteria, though in contact with the tooth, hasn’t had enough time to pierce through the enamel and create the hole.
How to Lower Your Risk for Cavities
Deep cavities cannot be reversed, but there are many things you can do in order to reduce your risks of tooth decay:
- Good oral hygiene – Brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss daily to remove food and unwanted bacteria from the mouth;
- Clean your mouth after you eat – Even if you can’t brush, you can drink a glass of fluoridated water which can help flush some remaining foods and bacteria from the mouth;
- Eat a balanced diet – Fresh fruits and veggies, in particular, are great for oral health because they help the body produce more saliva, which also flushes the mouth of unwanted particles;
- See the dentist routinely – Routine appointments that include professional cleanings and check-ups are a great way to keep your oral health in check and spot cavities in their beginning stages, well before you’d need a filling.
Book an Appointment at Miles of Little Smiles in White Plains Today
If your child is dealing with a cavity or just needs a regular consultation to make sure their oral health is in check, Dr. Mila Belgrade can help.
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