You Have a Cavity. Now What? Northside Dental Explains

Woman holding ice cream cone wincing in pain from cavity

You were eating the food you’ve always loved. Then, you notice something different. One of your teeth feels a bit more sensitive. Either it’s from hot or cold food, or perhaps a sugary liquid irritated one of your teeth. Sensitivity is one sign you have a cavity.

What do you do now? Northside Dental Clinic explains.

Brush Regularly

Cavities are a sure sign you need to keep up with an oral hygiene routine. Bush and floss at least twice per day, using fluoride toothpaste. Follow the recommendations on the packaging. The staff at Northside Dental Clinic can give you tips on how to brush and floss using the best techniques.

Avoid Sugary Foods

Sugar is the main culprit when it comes to cavities. Sugar coats your teeth, and it forms an acid with the help of bacteria in your mouth. This acid slowly erodes tooth enamel and causes cavities. Eliminate sugary foods as much as possible, like soda, candy, cookies, desserts, and the like. Crunchy foods may also exacerbate cavities, depending on how big the cavity is.

Talk to a Dentist

Your dentist can help diagnose and treat a cavity. Not only will a dentist ask you about tooth sensitivity, but our dentists will also take a look in your mouth, examine your teeth closely, and take dental x-rays to give us a definitive look at your teeth. The caring staff will help you determine where the cavity is and what you can do about it.

Recommended Steps Forward

There are several things you can do to shore up your tooth’s enamel. Fluoride treatments work well for small cavities that have just started. An at-home remedy may include remineralizing toothpaste. Fillings and crowns might also come into play, particularly if your tooth has noticeable wear. Root canals and extractions are for more advanced decay when all or part of your tooth is affected, such as when the pulp becomes infected. 

Several factors may lead to a particular solution. Your pain level, how much of your tooth is worn, and any infections inside your tooth represent the three main aspects a dentist will examine before offering solutions. Our dentists will also show you your options based on our professional recommendations here at Northside Dental Clinic. Our dentists and staff want you to be happy and pain-free! 

Northside Dental Clinic: Your Tooth Experts

The staff at Northside Dental Clinic promises to take care of you and your family with understanding, compassion, and empathy. Contact Northside Dental Clinic today or call (417) 862-2468 for more information.