Question: I think I may have a cavity, but it seems fairly minor. Can I just not eat sweets and brush my teeth often and have the cavity go away?
While some health issues can be fixed by changing eating habits and behaviors, cavities aren’t one of those health issues that can be fixed by a diet change or behavior change. Cavities are pitted holes or openings on the surface of the teeth and they will never go away on their own. There are some things that you can do to strengthen your teeth and help to remineralize them, but the cavity itself will still be there.
Cavities form when a tooth decays from plaque build up on the teeth. Most often cavities occur in between teeth where food particles and bacteria can easily collect. Minor cavities may not cause pain or discomfort right away, but as they continue to progress and rot the tooth, sensitivity and discomfort will occur.
When left untreated, cavities can turn into even bigger problems. Infections and abscesses can form, be very painful and result in more dental work, such as a root canal, needed in the long run. Once the decay penetrates the enamel of your tooth, it goes after the dentin and possible even the pulp of your tooth where the nerve networks reside. Once the pulp of your tooth is affected, you’ll likely loose the tooth as the damage is too great to repair.
If you’re concerned about cavities, the best thing that you can do is take steps towards preventative oral health care! Brush your teeth twice a day, floss everyday, and see your dentist regularly. If you have any more question about cavities, feel free to contact the professionals at DentaLux today!
Delores Lyon says
Thanks for sharing this! I have a son who is adamant in his belief that cavities can go away if he brushes his teeth well enough. However, if he has the cavity, then he can’t brush it away at all. I am going to show this to him so that he can see that he needs to visit the dentist!