When bacterial acids eat away at tooth enamel, they can cause pockets of decay in teeth, which are called cavities. As this video explains, only a dentist can treat cavities once they have formed.
Cavities can lead to infection, bone and tissue damage, and tooth loss. The bacteria that destroy tooth enamel form when food starches and sugars are converted into acids. Without regular brushing and flossing, these acids will produce a sticky film called plaque that covers the tooth. Many people may not initially realize they have a cavity until they begin experiencing symptoms such as temperature sensitivity, toothaches, visible holes in teeth, or evident infection around the tooth. However, patients who regularly brush, floss, and visit their general or cosmetic dentistry practitioner will greatly reduce their risk of cavity formation.
If you suspect that you may have a cavity, Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. can help. Serving those in the greater New York City region, Dr. Kakosian provides a number of dental treatment options, such as cavity fillings, root canals, and dental implants. To schedule a consultation, call (212) 661-0949.