Dr. Melissa Elliott, a Fallston family dentist, is highly experienced in treating tooth cavities in both children and adults.
What Causes Tooth Cavities
Tooth decay is permanently damaged areas on the surface of a tooth that develop into tiny holes. At the beginning stages, these tiny holes are only visible to a dentist and will likely not cause any harmful symptoms. Most tooth cavities are caused by a lack of proper oral care. Not taking proper care of your teeth (daily brushing and flossing) will result in a buildup of plaque along the gums and teeth. When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it activates bacteria in plaque. This causes the bacteria to attack and erode tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, it creates dental cavities.
Tips to Prevent Tooth Cavities:
- Visit the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and exams
- 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
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. It is important to have Dr. Elliott treat teeth cavities when discovered. Tooth decay is a progressive disease and will eventually require a more invasive treatment like a root canal or even extraction.
Tooth Cavities in Children
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America. According to the American Dental Association, over 50% of first-graders and 80% of 17-year-olds have cavities. 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. We recommend that your children visit our office every six months. This is important for several reasons: to get them used to a dentist office atmosphere, to allow us to gain their trust, to educate them about proper oral hygiene, and to spot any dental issues early.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Harford County Dentistry for a teeth cleaning and tooth cavity screening. We offer many treatments for a tooth cavity in Bel Air, MD and Fallston, MD. Our dentist office is conveniently located at 1810 Bel Air Road in Fallston, Maryland. Call 410-994-2627 for an appointment or more information or request an appointment online.