As a Fallston family dentist, Dr. Melissa Elliott is highly experienced in treating tooth cavities in both children and adults.
What Causes Tooth Cavities
Tooth cavities are caused by a buildup of plaque along the gums and teeth. 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, leading to the formation of dental cavities.
Tips to Prevent Tooth Cavities:
- Brush teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste (if over the age of 2)
- Floss daily to prevent cavities from forming between teeth
- Limit sugary snacks and soda and maintain a healthy diet
- Visit the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and exams
Tooth Cavity Symptoms
In early stages of tooth cavity formation, patients experience no recognizable symptoms. A dentist, however will be able to see signs of early tooth decay and can prevent the tooth cavity from forming or getting worse.
As the tooth cavity gets larger, symptoms may include toothache, tooth sensitivity and inflammation of the gums surrounding the tooth or teeth.
Treatment For Tooth Cavities
If you have a tooth cavity or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, Dr. Elliott offers a range of general dentistry treatments to provide stability and protection to affected teeth. Cosmetic tooth fillings, fillings that are tooth-colored, are often used to treat teeth with early stages of tooth decay. Other options are inlays, onlays and dental crowns.
Tooth Cavities in Children
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America. Pediatric dentistry is extremely important to help children and adolescents establish healthy mouths early for a lifetime of smiles. As a Fallston family dentist, Dr. Elliott provides comprehensive treatment for children to prevent and treat tooth cavities. Learn more about pediatric dentistry.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Harford County Dentistry for a teeth cleaning and tooth cavity screening. Our dentist office is conveniently located at 1810 Bel Air Road in Fallston, Maryland. We serve patients in the Fallston and Bel Air area. We gladly welcome new patients. Call 410-994-2627 for an appointment or more information or request an appointment online.