Have you ever wondered why cavities don’t hurt? Most dental problems don’t have any symptoms until they reach more advanced stages. Enamel, the white outer coating of the tooth, is the strongest substance in the human body. It does not have a blood supply.
Beyond the enamel layer is Dentin. Dentin is a porous layer that leads to the nerve center of the tooth. As decay moves into the dentin layer and closer to the nerves of the tooth symptoms will start to become more frequent.
Repairing a tooth is no longer inexpensive or simple by the time a patient experiences a tooth ache or pain. That’s why your dentist recommends not waiting for things to hurt! It is best to get a thorough dental exam, diagnose, and treat problems early.
• Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids.
• Sharp pain when biting down on food
• Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods and liquids.
• Dull ache and pressure in the upper teeth and sinus area of one or both sides
• Acute and constant pain from an area, but difficult to say exactly which tooth is causing the problem
• Constant severe pain, pressure, swelling of the gum, and/or sensitivity to touch
The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Your body’s own saliva is also an excellent cavity fighter, because it contains special chemicals that rinse away many harmful materials. Chewing a good sugarless gum will stimulate saliva production between brushing.
Special sealants and varnishes can also be applied to stave off cavities from forming.
So don’t wait until it’s too late! Brush and floss daily and restore cavities as recommended to keep a healthy happy smile!
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