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Dental Cavities

Dental cavities are so common that it occurs as often in adults as the common cold. We often think that cavities are for children. Yes, children do get cavities in both their baby teeth and permanent teeth. Teaching children good oral hygiene is always an advantage for them to be ahead of the class in good healthy teeth.

As children, we learn by watching our parents and other adults care for themselves. As we start socializing we watch other children and what they have learned.

We are like our parents until we see other children neglect their teeth and physical health. As adults, we are the victim of our environment and bad habits until we learn that what we do or neglect will be our destination. We then become parents and our children watch what we do to our bodies.

It’s a never-ending cycle which we repeat over and over until we realize that we have to change our habits. Did you know that 22% of American adults have had at least one cavity in their lifetimes? With fluoride in our city water, we have a fighting chance of having stronger teeth and fewer cavities.

With the introduction of bottled water, we not only have the convenience of carrying water in plastic, but we also do not have the advantage of fluoride. Are we starting to see children in this millennia with cavities and weaker teeth? We will soon realize how much we need good oral hygiene.

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How do cavities begin?

Even with good dental hygiene, a cavity could form just by areas missed when bushing, loss of enamel from biting a hard candy, lack of fluoride and just plain bad luck.

A cavity can go without detection for a long time before it gives you problems. A dental check-up can help prevent and detect such sneaky cavity bugs. Just remember, you are never too young or too old to avoid these pesky bugs.

What happens when we find that we have a cavity? Your dental team will take x-rays to see how big and deep the cavity has gotten and then make a plan to restore the area to a good working surface.

If you are experiencing a toothache, it’s a sure bet that you have let the tooth go much too long before you call attention to it. Once there’s pain or the tooth is either sensitive to hot or cold due to exposed nerves. You need to call and make the trip to visit us to figure out what’s happening and how to stop the pain. Don’t treat the symptom, treat the cause.

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If you have any questions before your appointment, please feel free to contact our office by telephone (323) 336-8478 or email us at smiles@dentistlosangeles.com

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