Cavities, also known “caries”, is a dental disease, which is the gradual destruction of the hard shell of the tooth – dentin. The global cause of this destruction is enamel demineralization. But there is a number of hygienic factors that can trigger tooth decay. Cervical caries develops near the gums, in the area of the tooth neck. Often it runs latently, which is a particular threat. It is not always easy to identify this type of carious lesion in the early stages. In most cases, it manifests itself even when there are complications and more serious treatment is needed. The need for medical intervention is evidenced by acute toothache and increased sensitivity of the tooth to irritants. At the initial stage of development, white or dark spots appear on the tooth.
There are four stages of development of cervical caries:
As already noted, there are two main causes of tooth decay. The first – global – is the demineralization of the enamel. And the second reason is non-observance of oral hygiene.
Demineralization of enamel is caused by a violation of the acid-base balance in the body. This violation can be caused by a number of factors:
Insufficiently mineralized enamel is easily destroyed by acid-forming bacteria. These bacteria accumulate in the mouth (especially near the gums) after every meal. If you do not perform regular hygiene procedures, dental plaque appears, which, with its acidity, aggravates the demineralization of the tooth.
Cervical caries, like any other type of caries, can be cured only with the help of a qualified dentist using special equipment. At home, you can only relieve pain symptoms.
The doctor determines the treatment depending on the stage of development of the disease. Any manipulations are carried out under local anesthesia, since the neck of the tooth is a sensitive area.
All you need is to maintain good hygiene and a balanced diet. The diet should contain a sufficient amount of protein foods, vegetables and fruits, cereals, dairy products. Starchy foods and sweets should be avoided. Also, it is very important to lead an active mobile lifestyle. And of course, do not forget to regularly visit your dentist for preventive examinations.
Observing all these rules, you are guaranteed to protect the health of your teeth. Qualified dentists of TRIBECA DENTAL STUDIO are always ready to help you with this!