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Caring For Cavities

Bacteria, which are single-celled organisms, infest most of the human body. The mouth is especially prone to bacterial infestation, and can be found on teeth, in between teeth, in your gums, your lips, and your tongue. For the most part, bacteria are normal and helpful, and should not be feared. Because bacterium attaches itself to the enamel on teeth, it is extremely important to properly care for your mouth and follow daily regimens. If not properly cared for, bacteria multiply and mix with saliva to produce plaque.

Plaque breaks down, and eventually turns acidic, leading to tooth decay. This process produces small holes in your teeth that grow bigger and bigger overtime. These holes are what Houston dentists refer to as cavities. A cavity left alone will continue to decay and grow until it reaches the nerve endings that lay in the center of your teeth. It is extremely painful, unattractive, and detrimental to your health.

The best way to avoid cavities is by properly caring for your mouth. It is suggested that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Look for toothpaste that contains fluoride, as that is the most affective ingredient towards combating cavities. When brushing, go up and down in tiny circular motions against your tooth surfaces. This helps to loosen up any buildup and rinse away plaque. Brush for at least a minute and a half, and don't forget to concentrate on your gums as well, as that is where the majority of buildup occurs. Once a day, preferably at bedtime, floss your teeth thoroughly. Go back and forth with your dental floss so as to reach all the nooks and crannies between your gums and teeth. There are a variety of gadgets at your local drugstore which can make flossing easier. As always, limit sugary candy, foods, and drinks-especially soda.

Most importantly, see your Houston dentist once every six months for a cleaning and checkup. At your appointment, your Houston dentist will be able to assess your teeth and see whether or not you have any cavities. In the unfortunate case that you do have a cavity, take care of it immediately. Don't put off fixing it, as that will only make things worse. The small amount of discomfort that is involved in filling a cavity does not compare to the immense pain of a cavity that reaches your nerve endings. Traditionally, your Houston dentist will numb the area around your cavity with an anesthetic. Then, your doctor will remove the rotted area of your mouth with a drill. This leaves a hole bigger than your cavity, which the Houston dentist will seal with a filling. It is important to follow the doctor's directions after receiving a filling, so as to ensure that it stays intact.

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