Preventing and Treating Cavities
Your lifestyle heavily influences the health of your teeth. What you eat, how well you take care of your teeth and many more choices are what can affect your teeth the most. Heredity can also play a role in how susceptible your teeth may be to decay.
While cavities are generally more common among children, adults are also at risk. With proper dental hygiene and prevention, you can lower your risk of getting a cavity or tooth decay. Cavities are very serious and if left untreated, can destroy your tooth and kill the delicate nerves at its center. By visiting Guy A. Mangia, DDS, you can take charge of your smile and protect your teeth from cavities.
By following a number of tips from your dentist in Sherman Oaks, CA you can prevent cavities from forming. Brush at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and below the gum line. Regular dental checkups are vital in maintaining proper dental hygiene as well because it is only your dentist who can diagnose a cavity. Preventative care from your dentist can help stop problems from occurring and keep minor problems from becoming major ones.
Additionally, eat a well- balanced diet by limiting starchy or sugary foods. When you do eat sugary or starchy foods, try to eat them with your meal and not as a snack. This will minimize the number of times your teeth are exposed to acid.
Treatment for a Cavity
If you get a cavity, treatment from Guy A. Mangia, DDS, your Sherman Oaks, CA dentist, can help to prevent tooth damage from worsening. Treatment for a cavity may involve fillings, crowns or root canals. Dentists fill teeth by removing the decayed tooth material with a drill and replace it with a material such as porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain and composite resin match the natural tooth appearance better and may be preferred for your front teeth.
Crowns or caps are used if the decay is extensive and there is limited tooth structure. A root canal is recommended if the nerve in a tooth dies from decay or injury. Only your dentist can tell for sure if you do have a cavity because cavities develop below the tooth’s surface where you can’t see them.
Visit Guy A. Mangia, DDS in Sherman Oaks, CA twice a year for regular checkups to ensure the health of your teeth and to prevent and treat cavities. Call (818) 785-0750 to schedule an appointment!