Dental caries, or tooth cavities, are an unfortunate dental problem especially prevalent among children and adolescents. Tooth decay and dental cavities also affect adults and are most commonly caused by plaque build up. When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it activates bacteria in plaque, causing it to attack and erode tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, it leaves the tooth susceptible to the formation of dental cavities.
Dr. Cappy Sinclair is a family dentist in Virginia Beach, offering a comprehensive preventative and general dentistry program to help prevent and treat tooth decay. Dr. Sinclair uses tooth colored restorations including composite dental fillings and porcelain tooth crowns. If root canal therapy is needed, the treatment can often be completed in our Virginia Beach dental office.
Tooth cavity symptoms vary from one person to another. In most cases, there will be no recognizable symptoms in the early stages of tooth cavity formation. A dentist, however is likely to see signs of early tooth decay and can prevent the cavity from forming or getting worse.
Preventing Tooth Decay
- Brush Teeth Twice a Day: Brushing your teeth at least two times a day is essential to removing plaque from the tooth surfaces and around the gums.
- Use Fluoride Toothpaste: Fluoride is an important mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps to protect against tooth decay.
- Floss Daily: Don’t skip the floss! Brushing only removes plaque from the front and back of teeth – flossing remove plaque from between teeth, where cavities often form.
- Drink Plenty of Water: Avoid sugary drinks and soda. Water helps rinse the mouth and wash away plaque and bacteria. Dry mouth accelerates bacteria in the mouth causing bad breath and can lead to cavities and gum disease.
- Eat Healthy: Avoid snacking between meals. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Chew Sugarless Gum: Studies show that chewing sugarless gum with xylitol or sorbitol for just 20 minutes a day can reduce cavity formation. Look for the ADA seal on your pack of gum.
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly: The ADA recommends that children and adults visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine exams, dental cleanings and x-rays. These visits can help to intercept problems before they advance to tooth decay and cavities.
Treatment For Dental Cavities
If you already have tooth cavities or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, Dr. Sinclair offers a range of dental services to provide stability and protection to affected teeth.
- Composite resin dental fillings
- Porcelain inlays or onlays (partial crowns)
- Ceramic dental crowns
Most treatment for tooth cavities can be completed in a single visit. Composite resin fillings are applied directly to the teeth and cured with a special light. Dr. Sinclair uses CAD/CAM technology and can create most porcelain inlays, onlays and tooth crowns in his office, while you wait. Another technology used in our Virginia Beach dental office is the dental microscope. These high powered instruments allow Dr. Sinclair to provide a more accurate, comfortable, and conservative treatment for tooth decay.
Give us a call at (757) 453-7657, or request an appointment online today.