Take These Steps If You Think You Have a Cavity

Take These Steps If You Think You Have a Cavity

You do what you can to take care of your teeth. However, even if you brush and floss regularly, you might still develop a cavity. If this happens, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. With proper help from an oral care expert, you’ll stop dental decay in its tracks to prevent further damage.

A cavity occurs when bacteria break down the enamel of your teeth. Cavities are often due to a combination of factors, including the types of foods you eat, an overconsumption of sugary sweets including soda and juices, the overall makeup of your teeth and of course oral hygiene. If you don’t properly address cavities in a timely manner, it could result in major dental decay, which would require more significant treatment.


If you think you have a cavity, you should immediately contact your dentist. As you wait for your appointment, avoid eating more sweets, as this will only increase the pace of the decay. Keep in mind that sugars aren’t found only in candy and similar foods. Soda, juice and other beverages often contain more sugar than you might realize. To prevent your cavity from getting worse, stay away from all sugary foods and drinks.

In addition, if you are experiencing pain from the cavity, be gentle on your mouth. Try not to chew as much on the side of the affected tooth until you have seen the dentist. Doing so is not only painful—it also serves to expose your tooth to more decay causing agents. However, you should still continue to practice basic oral care. Flossing and brushing the tooth that has a cavity will help minimize the damage until your dentist can address the issue. Just remember to brush gently to avoid causing further pain.


To learn more about avoiding cavities in the first place, schedule an appointment at Hulse Dental in Onalaska, WI. There, you’ll find a team of expert dentists committed to your dental health. Visit them online to learn about becoming a new patient or call (608) 783-1306 for more information.

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