Neglecting your personal dental care can have some unfortunate effects on your oral health, such as developing cavities on your teeth as plaque and sugar mix to make acid. This acid eats at your enamel and leaves pits in it that can cause further problems.
There are many ways you can help to prevent cavities. Keep up on your general hygiene by brushing well twice a day and flossing to clean the areas between your teeth. Eat a healthy diet, and be sure to avoid refined sugars. Sugar is the main culprit for cavity growth.
If you do end up getting one, Dr. Tommy Baugh, our dentist, can restore your tooth with a dental filling. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin and silver fillings.
Sometimes a cavity is too large to be repaired by a filling, or the nerve has been damaged. In a case like that, a dental crown is often the best course of action. If the root was damaged by the cavity, then your dentist will likely recommend a root canal treatment.
To learn more about your dental repair options, call Tommy J. Baugh, DDS in Houston, Texas, today!