Nothing can destroy a fun family outing at the Hutchinson Zoo quicker than dental pain! You know you have the telltale signs of a cavity if you’re experiencing pain when biting or chewing, or sensitivity to hot or cold. It’s important to act on cavities as they can progress quickly into larger dental issues. Did you know however, that with the right care and guidance, many cavities could actually be prevented before they cause damage to your tooth? Your dentist in Hutchinson has the solutions for you.
What is a cavity?
Plaque is a sticky film that builds up your teeth and must be removed through daily brushing and flossing. Plaque causes decay if it’s not properly removed and it can also cause permanent damage to your teeth. Your dentist must remove decay, and the hole that is left is known as a cavity. Your cavity needs to be filled with dental materials in order to rebuild and strengthen your tooth.
At Grant D. Ringler, DDS we use only the highest quality composite resin fillings to restore your cavities. Composite resin is tooth colored and designed to match the natural color of your tooth. It’s also much safer and more durable than the metal fillings that were used in the past. Dr. Grant Ringler, Dr. Melissa Barnhart, and Dr. Justin Barnhart are all skilled at providing comfortable and gentle dental care, while repairing the function of your teeth.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
Regular dental visits are the best way to prevent cavities. Through regular appointments, your dentist can monitor your oral health with examinations and x-rays, making you aware of the early signs of decay. With excellent home care, you may be able to reverse the decay if it’s caught early on. Brushing, flossing and using an oral rinse are all important things you can do at home to keep the cavities at bay.
Your diet also plays a major role in preventing cavities. Sugar promotes plaque and actually speeds up the decaying process, so it’s best to avoid sugary foods and beverages. At Grant D. Ringler, DDS we believe that prevention is truly the best medicine and we’ll take the time to educate your about your oral health and your home care, so you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and tools that you need to prevent cavities. Children are welcome at our office and we use fluoride and sealants to help protect children’s teeth from decay and also prevent cavities.
At Grant D. Ringler, DDS we strive to provide you with top quality dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to call us right away so we can get you comfortable and back on the path to wellness. Contact your Hutchinson dentist today to schedule your appointment!