Cavities have become a common problem for people of all ages, from babies to teenagers, adults and even senior citizens. Cavities are caused by bacteria that accumulates within the mouth and is able to break down the tooth and eventually cause decay. Though most people know that cavities may occur on the surface of teeth, few give much thought to what’s happening between their teeth.
It isn’t uncommon for food particles along with bacteria to find their way in between the teeth. Though the space between two teeth is generally quite small, the bacteria and food particles are even smaller, making interdental space the perfect location to grow and flourish. When left to grow, this bacteria can eventually cause decay, which then leaves the patient with an interdental cavity.
How To Prevent Cavities Between the Teeth
Preventing cavities between the teeth is a two-step process that involves work on your part as well as on your dentist’s end. At home, it’s crucial that you brush and floss your teeth. Flossing is the only way to get rid of a large percentage of the plaque and bacteria between the teeth. Unless you consistently floss, your mouth is not completely clean or protected.
Along with flossing, you should also schedule regular dental visits that include x-rays of your teeth. X-rays are able to show if any interdental cavities exist, allowing for diagnosis and effective treatment. Periodic x-rays are an important part of preventing problems between the teeth.
At home dental care along with routine visits to the dentist are the best ways to prevent problems between the teeth. With brushing, flossing, and periodic x-rays, your teeth are sure to remain healthy. Call or email Dr. Siegel’s office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Siegel will examine the spaces between your teeth to ensure that they are healthy and free from decay.