January 15, 2016
So you’ve got a problem tooth, and you think it may have a cavity — but how can you know for sure? Your dentist in Hillsboro shares the top signs you’re suffering from a cavity, how we’ll fix it and and what causes cavities in the first place. Keep reading for vital oral health information from The Dentists at Orenco Station!
Watch out for cavities with these tips from your Hillsboro dentist
Preventing tooth decay is one of the very biggest focuses in dentistry. But when cavities do get the chance to develop, early detection is key to simple restoration — so learn these signs that you’re suffering from a cavity and you can save yourself considerable time, money and stress in the long run.
Warning signs of a cavity
When you’ve got an unexplained oral pain, your mouth is trying to tell you something — so listen to it. These are the top signals that you’ve got a cavity:
- Chronic toothache
- Tooth sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks
- Gray, brown or black spots on the teeth
- Foul breath or a persistently bad taste in the mouth
Of course, sometimes you may not realize you’ve got a cavity at all. That’s why it’s important to maintain your twice-annual visits to The Dentists at Orenco Station — we’re able to catch the small signs of decay that are almost impossible for you to notice on your own. And when we spot cavities early, we’re able to restore them with a quick, painless filling. (We’re proud to use mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings, too.) Click here for more information on our excellent restorative services.
What causes cavities in the first place
Knowing what makes cavities form can help you prevent them from happening in the first place. And, well, it’s really no surprise that insufficient dental hygiene is the number one cause of tooth decay — but other habits, like smoking and drinking sugary soda, also increase the risk of tooth decay.
Make sure you’re doing the most to prevent cavities and infections from forming by developing these good oral hygiene habits.
- Brush for two minutes, twice a day. If you have trouble reaching the two minute mark, try setting a timer until you’re used to what it feels like.
- Floss daily. It’s the only method you have for removing the bacteria and food particles your toothbrush leaves behind.
- Maintain a healthy, balanced diet. That means plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Limit your sugar intake, too.
- Visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. This step is vital for early detection of a variety of dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease and even oral cancer.
Schedule your appointment today
If it’s been awhile since your last visit to The Dentists at Orenco Station, you can take a big step toward good oral health in 2016 by scheduling your appointment in Hillsboro. You want a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts for a lifetime — and we can help.
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