Cavities are preventable with proper preventive care and regular visits to our Buckhead dental office. In this blog, we will review the most commonly asked questions about cavities. At Buckhead Dental Care in Buckhead, GA, we are committed to providing patients with the care they need to improve their smile.
How Do Cavities Develop?
Cavities are the result of tooth decay that has gone untreated over a period of time. When sugar and starches combine with the plaque buildup on the teeth and gums, an acid develops that can break down the tooth enamel. When tooth decay is untreated, a pit or hole can form in the tooth (cavity).
How Do I Prevent Cavities?
In order to prevent cavities, patients will need to practice preventive dental care in and out of the dentist office.
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes a day using a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth daily to get rid of debris and bacteria from between the teeth.
- Schedule biannual dental checkups and tooth cleanings
- Limit the number or sugary and acidic foods you consume.
What Do I Do If I Suspect I Have A Cavity?
If you think you may have a cavity, visit our Buckhead dental office. Dr. King will carefully examine your teeth, mouth, and gums to check for any signs of dysfuntion. If Dr. King finds a cavity, she will develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
What Are The Treatments For Cavities?
Dr. King offers dental sealants for patients of all ages as a barrier against bacteria and minimizes the risks of developing tooth decay. In the early stage of cavity development, patients may require dental filling or dental crown to restore their smile. If cavities go untreated, it may lead to the development of a more complex dental problem. In advanced cases, if cavities are left untreated, patients may need a root canal or tooth extraction.
How Do I Schedule An Appointment?
Buckhead dentist Dr. Deborah King offers comprehensive, personalized dental care for patients with minor and complex dental problems. As a Dawson and Spear Academy trained dentist, Dr. King offers complete dental care to every patient who visits her Buckhead dental office. Dr. King works with each patient to develop a treatment plan that addresses all their dentistry needs. If you need to schedule a preventive care visit or have any questions about tooth decay and cavities, please contact our Buckhead, GA dental office.