The holiday season is a wonderful time to sit beside the fire and drink a cup of hot chocolate, apple cider, or coffee. Unfortunately, if these hot beverages are causing you discomfort, it could be due to a dental cavity. Nearly 90 percent of the adults in America will experience cavities, which can lead to heightened sensitivity, and eventually outright discomfort. Untreated, they can also lead to painful infections, which require extensive restorative treatment. Fortunately, if you are diagnosed with a cavity this holiday season, a tooth-colored filling could help you start sipping – and smiling – again soon!
Don’t Ignore Those Warnings of Trouble
It is important to remember that, while the teeth are strong, they are still susceptible to acidic erosion, such as that caused by highly acidic drinks, and also sugar consumption. That is because the plaque bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars, so the more you consume the more likely you are to struggle with dental decay.
Teeth can’t repair themselves in the same way the skin can, so the longer an issue goes unaddressed by restorative treatment, the more likely infection is to occur, along with more visible damage.
To prevent this, make sure to see the dentist if you begin experiencing any warning signs of decay, such as deep discoloration, heightened sensitivity or discomfort.
Prompt Restoration Can Help to Save a Smile
In most cases, cavities can be treated with minimally invasive tooth-colored fillings. These are designed to be both natural-looking and restorative, by helping to seal the fragile tooth from further wear or bacteria.
These modern alternatives to traditional metal fillings are made of a composite resin material that bonds tightly with teeth, creating a great seal, and yet it is also made to look natural, allowing for both comfort and confidence.