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Know the warning signs of decay so you can stop it in its tracks.
Did you know that after the common cold, tooth decay is the second most common disease? About one in four adults and more than half of US teens have cavities. Properly caring for your smile can go a long way to protecting your teeth against decay; however, finding a dentist that you can turn to is just as important. From treating cavities to providing cosmetic dentistry, our dentists Drs. Thomas and Rebecca Nomeland offer full-service dental care to children, adults and families living in Lakeville, MN.
What are the signs of a cavity?
Since there are no nerves within tooth enamel, it’s entirely possible that you might have a cavity and not even know it. That’s why it’s important to visit our cosmetic dentistry team here in Lakeville, MN, for regular checkups and cleaning. When you come into the office every six months, we can examine your teeth and catch cavities and other issues much earlier when they are easy to treat. Of course, if decay continues to affect deeper areas of the teeth, this is when you’ll start to notice symptoms including,
- A toothache
- Lingering tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks
- Pain that gets worse when biting down or putting pressure on the tooth
- A hole or dark spot on the tooth
- Persistent bad breath
Can you prevent cavities?
Yes, cavities are largely preventable with the proper oral care. This means brushing and flossing regularly, visiting your dentist every six months and eating a diet that is low in sugar and junk food. Using fluoride toothpaste can also help strengthen teeth and may even reverse early signs of decay.
However, if you experience a toothache or tooth sensitivity then you will absolutely need to see a dentist right away for treatment. Cavities are most often treated with a dental filling; however, sometimes more severe cavities may require a root canal or a dental crown.
Are you looking for a winning cosmetic dentistry team in Lakeville, MN, that can restore your smile and give you a more confident appearance? Whether you are dealing with warning signs of a cavity or you just want to discuss your cosmetic options with us, call Lake Marion Dental Care today at (952) 985-8885.