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Cavities

A routine visit to see the dentist can be scary for a child or someone with a history of dental problems. However, a routine examination allows the dentist to locate cavities and diseases of the gums and mouth at an early stage. It’s very important for children to have regular exams to check for problems such as crowding. This way the child can see an orthodontist during the correct stages for proper treatment.

Before the dentist examines your mouth they will ask you about your general health. It’s important for the dentist to know your health so they will know how to treat you. If you experience bleeding problems your dentist will need to know this ahead of time along with which drugs you are allergic to. The dentist will look for signs of oral cancer as well as other problems.

If a cavity is left unchecked it can cause serious complications and unnecessary pain. In the early stages a cavity won’t cause you any pain. By the time you begin feeling pain the cavity has reached the nerve. If you let a cavity go too far you may need a root canal which can be more costly and more painful than a filling. Roots on teeth can be curved in some cases and this can cause additional problems.

You don’t want to let a cavity get to the point you have an abscess. Once there is an abscess additional treatment will be required. You could get an infection in your mouth or get gingivitis or periodontitis. Proper care of your teeth is essential in maintaining your health.

If you get cavities on a frequent basis there are ways to reduce your risk of getting them. You can strengthen your teeth’s defenses by using fluoride treatments. Fluoride will penetrate the tooth and replace any minerals you’ve lost due to acid damage. Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste on a regular basis. You can ask your dentist about protective sealants. After the dental hygienist has cleaned your teeth and the dentist has examined them you can have them coat your teeth to block the acids and bacterias.

When you visit the dentist remember to ask a lot of questions. For example you may not want to pay for a root canal on a child that still has their baby teeth. You’ll want to know what options you have and if you should just have them pull the tooth instead. A lot will depend upon the age of the child and how long your child’s tooth is to remain in their mouth. Carefully weigh your options.