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Cavities

LaSante Health Center

Multi-Specialty Health Clinic located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

Tooth decay, or cavities, is one of the most common health problems in the world. It's especially common in children, teenagers, and older adults. Yet, just under one-third of adults aged 20-44 and around 17% of children aged 5-19 in the United States have untreated cavities. LaSante Health Center in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn has expert dental providers who treat people for cavities and tooth decay. Call the New York City practice today or book an appointment through the online scheduling tool.

Cavities Q & A

What are cavities?

Cavities — or holes in the tooth — result from tooth decay. Tooth decay damages the outer coating and inner layer of the tooth. It occurs when bacteria in your mouth turn sugar into acid and form plaque that sticks to your teeth and eats away at the enamel. 

You can have cavities but not see them. Visit LaSante Health Center twice a year to stay on top of your dental health and avoid cavities.

What are the symptoms of a cavity?

Cavities rarely exhibit signs until they're well-developed, which is why regular dental visits are so important. Without the help of a dental provider, you might not know you have a cavity until you experience symptoms like:

  • Sharp tooth pain
  • Pain when you bite
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Dark stains on a tooth
  • Visible holes or pits in the tooth

Your provider at LaSante Health Center offers comprehensive patient care plans to prevent cavities before they become a problem. But if you have a cavity, they treat it with a filling or crown, so your tooth does not decay further.

You can't get cavities if you have full dentures, but any remaining natural teeth alongside partial dentures are at risk if you don't look after them.

If you have a natural tooth beneath a crown, it's at risk of developing a cavity. Being vigilant about dental care is essential to prevent tooth decay. 

How can you prevent cavities?

Your dental provider educates you in ways you can prevent cavities from forming. They may recommend a series of lifestyle changes, including:

  • Rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash
  • Brush and floss at least twice a day
  • Drink water
  • Avoid snacking
  • Avoid foods that get stuck between teeth
  • Consider fluoride treatments or dental sealants
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods
  • Visit the dentist regularly for a cleaning

People with Invisalign are at higher risk of developing cavities. This is because your teeth are enclosed 23 hours a day, and bacteria has nowhere to go. Brush thoroughly every time you remove your Invisalign aligners and avoid sugary foods and drinks.

Excellent dental health is a partnership between you and your dentist. LaSante Health Center has experts who provide leading dental services and patient education. Make an appointment today over the phone or using the online scheduling tool.