One of the most common health concerns in the United States is cavities. In fact, it’s one of the very reasons people avoid trips to the dentist. Many people are so worried about hearing those words, “You have a cavity,” that they avoid going to the dentist altogether, which of course leads to more severe and more frequent cavities.
What are Cavities?
Each of our teeth is coated in the hardest substance in the human body: enamel. Under the enamel lies the dentin, the final layer of protection for the pulp inside the tooth. Inside the pulp are all the blood vessels and nerves that keep the tooth alive. When plaque and bacteria build up on and around teeth, they begin to damage the enamel. After the decay has worked its way through the enamel, it begins eating away at the dentin. In most cases, this is when the cavity becomes painful. Once the decay, or cavity, has passed the dentin into the pulp, the nerve endings become irritated, swollen and painful.
What Can I Do to Prevent Them?
No one wants to get a cavity — or deal with having to get a filling. The best way, without a doubt, to prevent the formation of cavities is to make sure your oral care routine is efficient and consistent. If you brush your teeth for 10 minutes one day and not at all the next few days, your mouth will still suffer no matter how much extra work you do when you remember to brush again.
Make flossing, brushing and rinsing a part of your morning and evening routine that is non-negotiable and unforgettable. In addition, visiting Dr. Collins twice a year for a professional exam and cleaning will allow him to remove any bacteria or plaque that has begun to build up. He can also alert you to the areas where buildup is happening so you can focus on those problem areas before a cavity forms.
To schedule an appointment, call Collins Family Dentistry today at 509-368-7788 or 509-228-3998 for Spokane Valley patients. You can also schedule an appointment online by visiting us here.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788