Cavities are one the most common dental complaint for patients of all ages. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over 90% of adults between ages 20 - 64 suffer from some form of tooth decay, and over 95% of adults 65 and older have cavities, many of which go untreated. Along with pain and discomfort, untreated cavities can affect your ability to eat, and lead to additional oral health problems like infections and even tooth loss. Dr. Shanean Michelle Anderson, a dentist at Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC, recommends scheduling an appointment for a dental exam and professional cleaning every six months to a year to monitor your oral health and to catch problems early enough to prevent serious damage to your teeth and gums.
Cavity Prevention and Treatment in Wake Forest, NC
Although they are incredibly common, cavities are preventable with good oral hygiene practices like brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, eating a healthy diet, and seeing a dentist for preventive care. But without regular dental care, many people are unaware that they have a cavity until it starts to cause trouble, usually in the form of moderate to severe pain. The most common signs and symptoms that you may have a cavity include:
- Dull pain in or around the tooth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Visible hole or pit in the tooth
- Brown or black spots on the outside of the tooth
It is also possible to have one or more cavities without experiencing any symptoms at all, and many are not visible until a dentist performs an oral exam and an x-ray.
Find a Dentist in Wake Forest, NC
You're never too old or too young to get a cavity. For more information about tooth decay prevention and treatment, contact Smile Sculptors of Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC by calling (919) 825-1795 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson today.