When you know a little bit about tooth decay, you know that it’s not a good thing. You know that it’s a problem that will mean you need a treatment like a filling, so your tooth is healthy again. While you may know the main facts, you might not know so much about the finer details. As a result, you may not feel quite as motivated to care for the problem as we would hope! We can fix that by providing you with a little extra education.
Misconception #1: You Can Ignore It
While it’s true that you can most certainly do something about the earliest stages of tooth decay in some cases (for instance, fluoride mouthwash can help remineralize soft areas), you cannot ignore a cavity and expect good results. When you simply pretend it’s not there, your cavity will grow. You will need restorative care. The longer the cavity has to worsen, the more intensive your treatment must be.
Misconception #2: It’s Just A Hole
Tooth decay isn’t just a hole that formed and that’s going to stay that way until you make up your mind to do something about it. Yes, the decay leaves a cavity behind as it destroys your dental tissue. However, it’s a hole that will get larger and more pronounced. If it becomes too deep, you’re exposing your tooth to possible infection and a need for root canal therapy and a crown. Treat it immediately!
Misconception #3: It Just Happens
A cavity isn’t something that just shows up all by itself that you cannot control. It happens as a result of insufficient hygiene in most instances. Don’t want tooth decay? Brush, floss, and show up for cleanings just like we advise. Easy!
Treat Cavities Immediately With Our Team
Don’t wait when you have a cavity. Let us treat the issue instead, so you can get on with your daily life with excellent oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.