Holes In TeethHoles in your teeth can appear for a number of reasons, some common reasons for holes in your teeth include, decay, bruxism, and trauma.
Teeth have evolved to be incredibly strong structures in the human body, the enamel, however, is still vulnerable to attack from some of the smallest organisms around, bacteria. These bacteria can be so damaging to your teeth that they can actually cause you to have potentially fatal symptoms if the decay gets bad enough! Let’s find out how these oral structures can get holes in them!
Holes In Your Teeth – Causes
Poor Oral Care
Brushing your teeth at least 2 times a day, once when you wake up, and immediately when you go to bed will significantly decrease your chances of having a cavity form. It will be even more effective if you can floss, and add mouthwash! Chewing gum sweetened with xylitol between meals has also been proven to. The main way it does this is by preventing bacteria from building up to much, and it also helps to prevent plaque from sticking to the teeth so easily. Chewing the gum is not an excuse to stop brushing, but it is a tool that can be used to make your oral care more effective. Make sure the gum does not contain sugar, as that can reverse the intended effect.
Alcohol And Tobacco Use
Symptoms Of Tooth Decay
Oral health symptoms are notoriously hard to diagnose for the average individual. Most oral afflictions typically start with a lot of similar feeling sensations. If you notice any of these occur, you should seriously consider making a dentist appointment:
- Tooth pain – This can be felt directly in the tooth, or it can feel like it’s coming from the gums.
- Tooth sensitivity – Sudden onset sensitivity that stays over time is symptomatic of decay.
- Tooth Discoloration – Lack of blood flow and nutrients can cause the color to darken to yellow, brown, grey, or even black.
- Chipped or fractured teeth – Breaks can allow for easier access to the inner pulp of the tooth.
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- A bad taste
Holes In Your Teeth – Treatments
- Bonded fillings
- Tooth crowns
- Root canal
- Tooth extraction
Holes In Your Teeth – Prevention
Many cavities could be easily prevented which would save significant amounts of trouble and pain for the patient. Here are some tips that will significantly improve your oral health:
- Eating vegetables and fruits – The fiber will increase saliva production, and the nutrients will help your oral health.
- Snacking on low-carb foods – The decreased carbs will keep the bacteria from producing so much plaque.
- Increased oral care – Brush, floss, and use mouthwash 2-3 times a day.
- Chew xylitol sweetened-gum -Xylitol has been clinically proven to benefit oral health.
- Drink less pop, energy drinks, fruit juices, and sports drinks – These drinks contain lots of sugar and can cause your mouth to be very acidic.
- Regular dental checkups – The early a cavity is diagnosed, the better. You may think a cavity is a stain, but a dentist is significantly more likely to make the right diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I tell if it's a stain or a cavity?
It’s best to let the dentist decide that, a cavity may not be immediately painful so you could mistake it for a stain.
How soon should I treat a cavity?
Sooner the better! Cavities will almost always get worse over time if left untreated.