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Getting Rid Of Cavities

Brushing your teeth might do more good than you thought.

A dental hygienest cleans a patients teeth.

Photo: ktpupp (Flickr)

Despite common belief, you're not stuck with tooth decay once it occurs.

Most people believe that once you have a cavity, you’re stuck with it. But it actually depends on how deep it is. Acid from bacteria in your mouth can cause your tooth to decay.

The Toothache

First, the acid eats away the very hard outer layer of your tooth, called the enamel. Inside the enamel is the dentin. It’s spongy and has nerve endings, so your tooth might be sensitive to sweets or cold if the decay reaches there.

The cavity doesn’t really start to hurt until it gets through the dentin to the soft pulp. That’s when you get a toothache.

Treatment

Dentists will sometimes fix a cavity by putting in a filling while the decay is still in the enamel. But decay is reversible until it reaches the dentin. If it’s properly treated, the decay will stop, and the enamel will harden, although the tooth will never be perfect again.

Dentists can also help by giving you a fluoride treatment, but you have to brush and floss regularly. You might have to give up soda and sweets. It’s not easy–and dentists know that. That’s why they sometimes fill a cavity in its early stages, before it starts to hurt.

You’re not stuck with tooth decay once it happens. But it’s better not to let it happen in the first place.

  • dentits

    It is sad to know the conflict if you have a toothache ant it more stressful for a person that is having a cavities because there is a lot of process on how it will remove. Because the only cure for this is to go to your dentist and let them remove the cavities on your teeth. And i think it is to painful for that person because there are some material in removing this cavities that are for sure you will be hurt. Like what i saw on the upper site of this blog.

    But it is better to remove it than to have toothache for the rest of your life.
    And it is more better because your teeth will be more cleaner than before.

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