Do Cavities Go Away? | The Best Prevention Options

Cavities, holes in your teeth caused by decay, do not go away on their own. Over time, an untreated cavity can become infected, putting your gums and potentially your heart health at risk.

Here are several major causes of cavities, as well as ways to prevent decay.

Cavity Risk Factors

Once a cavity forms, there is no way to reverse the damage. Cavities can cause pain, bad breath, and infection if left untreated. The dentists at Kool Smiles suggest that if you are experiencing pain, swelling, or bumps on the gums, action must be taken.

But what causes cavities in the first place? There are many factors that increase your risk of developing a cavity:

  • Tooth location
  • Sugary food and drink
  • Frequent snacking or sipping
  • Bedtime infant feeding
  • Inadequate brushing
  • Not getting enough fluoride

Preventative Cavity Care

Every 15 seconds there is a dental emergency that requires a visit to the ER. Your best defense against cavities forming in the first place is through preventative care.

Here are a few tips on how to care for your teeth and prevent cavities:

  1. Schedule a checkup every six months.
  2. Brush your teeth twice a day (after meals) and floss at least once a day.
  3. Eat tooth-healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
  4. Avoid snacking frequently and avoid sugary foods and drinks.
  5. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  6. Avoid tobacco use.
  7. Wear mouth guards during contact sports.
  8. Build a routine and keep yourself healthy.

Kool Smiles Makes Cavities Go Away

Taking care of your cavities means finding quality dental care professionals that you can trust. At Kool Smiles, we are dedicated community leaders who offer quality care and prevention education services at more than 120 locations nation-wide.

With Kool Smiles, you can expect a family-friendly environment, a professional and courteous staff, and affordable payment options to meet the needs of your budget. In order to meet your needs, we accept Medicaid, SCHIP, TRICARE, and most other types of insurance.

Contact Kool Smiles today by calling us and making an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.

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Sources:

Colgate: colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/article/cardiovascular

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cavities/basics/risk-factors/con-20030076

USA Today: usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/29/er-dental-visits/29492599/