Will My Cavity Spread?
Wondering if a cavity can spread to another tooth? It’s important to understand this dental issue so read on to learn about the risks associated with cavities and tooth decay.
Did you know you have naturally occurring bacteria that live in your mouth? This bacteria creates a sticky film called plaque. Unfortunately, when you eat sugary foods, plaque will use the sugars to create an acid byproduct. If you don’t have good oral hygiene, this acid can destroy your tooth’s enamel and eventually lead to a cavity.
What Happens After?
The presence of active decay in one tooth can mean that your other teeth are more likely to develop cavities. Because it’s easier for bacteria to get stuck in cavities, it will be harder to remove it from your mouth even if you keep up your daily oral routine.
If left untreated, the cavity can continuously grow and spread deeper into your tooth affecting the inner nerves. This is not only painful but can lead to an infection. Your tooth structure will also weaken and be more prone to chips and cracks.
Get Your Cavities Treated ASAP!
Early treatment is essential to prevent cavities from growing and affecting other parts of your mouth. If your cavity is still small, you can ask your dentist to do a quick filling. Putting off treatment can lead to more costly and invasive procedures such as a root canal or crown.
Here are a few things you can do to prevent new cavities from forming:
- Don’t slack off on brushing twice a day and daily flossing.
- Since plaque thrives with sugar, moderate the amount of sugary foods you eat.
- Book routine dental checkups and cleanings!
At Monarch Dental, we want to make sure your smile is cavity-free. Book an appointment if you suspect you may have one or if you haven’t had a checkup in a while. These exams are crucial for spotting and treating cavities early on!