At Hunter Orthodontics, we know one word no one wants to hear when they visit their general dentist is Cavity! Yes, the dreaded cavity; but what exactly is a cavity and how do you get one? A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.
So, what causes a cavity? Well, a cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.
Yes, cavities can be repaired by your general dentist, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities while you’re wearing braces:
· Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
· Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)
· Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth and braces where your toothbrush can’t reach
· Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat or drink
· Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. David Hunter
We hope that helps! Give us a call to learn more about keeping your braces and oral health in tip-top shape! Happy New Year!