by C. Markus on March 16th, 2012 at 7:00 am
Dental cavities are one of the most frequent ailments, aside from the common cold, that almost everyone will have to deal with. Dental cavities, or tooth decay as it’s commonly known, usually affects children and young adults. However, everyone is susceptible.
Cavities are a major problem in modern society; in fact, human remains from the Iron Age found in Warwickshire, England show a cavity rate of around 8%. Today’s Warwickshire inhabitants show a cavity rate of 48%, which is a pretty significant jump. The most likely cause for this drastic rise is due to processed foods and increased sugar intake.
So what exactly is a cavity? It is an infection (usually caused by bacteria) that makes the tissue in your teeth decay. Tooth decay occurs when food that contains carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are left on the teeth. These foods turn into plaque, which dissolves the surface of the teeth, creating holes known as cavities.
Symptoms of dental cavities include:
- Pain in your teeth – This is the most common symptom; the pain usually comes after eating sweet, hot, or cold food.
- Pits or holes – In more extreme cases, you will actually be able to see holes in your teeth.
Once you have a cavity, there is not much you can do. You will have to go to the dentist and get a filling or crown, which can be an expensive and painful ordeal. If you suspect you have a cavity, see your dentist immediately. If left unchecked, cavities may even require a root canal. Save yourself the trouble and brush every morning and night. There is no way to cure a cavity but it is fairly easy to prevent them.
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