Everything you need to know about cavities

The first step towards preventing cavities is understanding them. Cavities occur when damaged areas in the tooth’s surface develop into small openings or holes. While cavities result from a combination of factors, such as frequent snacking, sugary foods and drinks, and an accumulation of bacteria, proper oral hygiene is the best way to prevent them from developing. Cavities┬ácan happen to anyone, but they are particularly common among children, teenagers, and elderly adults.

Leaving cavities untreated is bad news, as they can get bigger and deeper over time and eventually cause severe toothache, infection, and tooth loss. You should see a dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when eating or drinking anything sweet, hot, or cold
  • Visible holes or divots in your teeth
  • Brown, black, or white stains on the tooth surface
  • Pain when you bite down

When cavities first develop, you may not experience any symptoms at all. However, early treatment will yield the best results. This is why you should see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. At the Leander office of Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., we offer a number of treatments and services so that all of your dental needs are met. Call us today at (512) 259-3365 today to schedule your appointment.