Cavities are a common dental ailment. Despite the prevalence of cavities, tooth decay is a serious condition. Tooth decay must be addressed by dental treatment. Over time, cavities will become larger and may infect the sensitive interior structures of teeth. Dr. James Fondriest addresses cavities with white restorations that help prevent further dental damage without compromising the look of your smile.
Bacteria Cannot Harm Your Teeth Unless Your Enamel is Damaged
Your tooth enamel surrounds each tooth above the gum line. Comprised of minerals, tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body; however, tooth enamel is not a living tissue and is susceptible to damage. When tooth enamel is eroded or damaged, it cannot repair itself like other tissues in the body. Once enamel damage occurs, the dentin of your tooth is exposed to harmful bacteria. Acid is the chief culprit of enamel damage. Acidic foods and beverages such as lemons and orange juice are harmful to your tooth enamel.
Sugar is a Food Source for Bacteria
The bacteria in your mouth feed off sugar compounds. When you consume food with high sugar content, it attracts bacteria and increases bacterial activity. Carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, and bread are also considered a food source because these foods contain sugar compounds as well. As bacteria thrive on sugar and starches, they release acid. If your enamel is compromised, bacteria will attach to the vulnerable areas of your teeth.
Cavities Don’t Always Produce Toothaches
Small cavities may not produce pain. Normally, toothaches manifest from extensive areas of tooth decay. Many patients with significant tooth pain may need more than just a simple filling. Untreated cavities sometimes result in painful abscesses or root canal infections.
To protect your teeth from damage, visit us for routine checkups and cleanings. Contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest. We serve patients from Glenview, North Shore, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Highland Park, and the neighboring Chicago communities.