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Cavities (Dental Caries)

Prevention, Detection, and Treatment

Exploring Dental Cavities and Maintaining Oral Health

Dental cavities, also known as caries, are a common oral health concern that can lead to discomfort and complications if left untreated. At Care For Smiles, we are dedicated to preventing, detecting, and effectively treating cavities to ensure the longevity of your smile.

Understanding Dental Cavities

What are Cavities?

Dental cavities are areas of decay in the teeth, caused by a combination of bacteria, acid, and the breakdown of tooth enamel. If not addressed promptly, cavities can progress and lead to more extensive damage.

Common Causes of Cavities

  1. Plaque Build-up: Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, a sticky film that produces acid, leading to enamel erosion.

  2. Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing allow plaque to accumulate, increasing the risk of cavities.

  3. High Sugar and Carbohydrate Intake: Diets rich in sugary and carbohydrate-laden foods contribute to cavity formation.

  4. Dry Mouth (Xerostomia): Insufficient saliva flow reduces the mouth’s natural ability to neutralise acids and remineralise enamel.

  5. Inadequate Fluoride Exposure: Fluoride helps strengthen enamel. Insufficient exposure may increase susceptibility to cavities.

Our Approach to Managing Cavities

  1. Thorough Examination: Dr. Rishay Naidoo will conduct a comprehensive examination, including visual inspection and diagnostic imaging, to identify cavities.

  2. Personalised Treatment Plan: Based on the examination findings, a personalised treatment plan will be developed to address cavities and prevent further decay.

  3. Conservative Restorations: Minimally invasive restorative options, such as dental fillings, will be recommended to restore the affected tooth structure.

  4. Prevention Strategies: Education on proper oral hygiene practices, dietary counselling, and fluoride treatments will be provided to prevent future cavities.

  5. Ongoing Monitoring: Regular check-ups will allow us to monitor your oral health, detect cavities early, and intervene promptly.

Tips for Preventing Cavities

  1. Maintain Regular Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily.

  2. Balanced Diet: Limit sugary and acidic foods, opting for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.

  3. Fluoride Use: Use fluoride toothpaste, and consider fluoride treatments if necessary.

  4. Regular Dental Check-Ups: Schedule routine dental examinations to catch and treat cavities in their early stages.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you suspect cavities or are due for a dental check-up, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rishay Naidoo at Care For Smiles. Early detection and intervention are key to preventing further complications.

Contact us at (03) 9482 1100 or visit our clinic at 254 Darebin Road, Fairfield, Victoria 3078, Australia.

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