Cavities are one of the most common dental problems suffered by people of all ages. While brushing and flossing twice a day may sound like enough to prevent cavities, it doesn’t always work. Cavities between the teeth are some of the most difficult cavities to spot, as they can go unnoticed for a long time. In this blog post, we’ll be talking about cavities between the teeth and how OnCall Dental Fresno can help you treat and prevent them.
Cavities between the teeth are also known as interproximal cavities. They occur when the bacteria in your mouth use carbohydrates to produce an acid that erodes your tooth enamel. That acid can then penetrate the softer dentin layer beneath, and create a cavity. Because interproximal cavities occur between the teeth, they are harder to spot than other cavities. Regular dental checkups can help to identify and treat these cavities, and in some cases, X-rays can also help to identify them.
When it comes to treating cavities between the teeth, there are several options. If the cavity is small, the dentist can simply “watch and wait” to see if it gets bigger before a filling is necessary. If the cavity is larger, the dentist will usually recommend a filling. At OnCall Dental Fresno, we offer both silver and white fillings, depending on the location and size of the cavity. In some cases, a crown may be required if the cavity has affected a significant portion of the tooth.
Preventing cavities between the teeth involves good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing twice a day. Using an antiseptic mouthwash can also help to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Make sure to choose a mouthwash that is alcohol-free, as alcohol can dry out the mouth and increase the risk of cavities. A diet that is low in sugar and processed carbohydrates can also help to prevent cavities between the teeth.
At OnCall Dental Fresno, we recommend that you come in for a dental checkup every six months. This will allow us to identify and treat any cavities between the teeth before they become a larger problem. Our friendly and professional staff is dedicated to providing you with the best possible dental care in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We understand that dental visits can be scary, and we work hard to make sure that you feel at ease during your appointment.
Cavities between the teeth are an all-too-common dental problem that can be difficult to spot and treat. At OnCall Dental Fresno, we are committed to providing you with the best possible dental care, including regular checkups and a range of treatment options for cavities. If you are experiencing any dental problems, including cavities between the teeth, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. We are here to help you achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.