If going to the dentist isn’t scary enough, one word no patient wants to hear when they visit the dentist is CAVITY! You know what I am talking about, the dreaded cavity. What exactly is a cavity you ask? and what causes it?
A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay or break down. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger and deeper.
A cavity is caused by plaque, forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque, a sticky substance that is acidic, clings to your teeth and the acids eat away the outside of the tooth and a hole is formed.
Although cavities can be repaired by your dentist, here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities while you’re wearing braces:
Brush your teeth with a fluoride base toothpaste at least twice daily.
Don’t forget to gently brush your gums to keep them healthy as well.
Restrain from drinking too much soda and eating too much sweets.
Floss, floss, floss your teeth, floss it every day! Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth and braces where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up, (even while you are in treatment for braces)
For more information from Dr. B on our website for tips for brushing and flossing
Kim Bui born and raised in Kansas City, graduated from high school at St. Teresa’s Academy and college at Rockhurst University. Now Kim is pursuing her masters in Business. With her charisma, Kim welcomes every patient with a smile and willingness to make their experience something to rave about.