Help: I Have Cavities Between My Teeth!
Cavities in between teeth, or interproximal cavities, are very common. They form when there is a breakdown of the outer, calcified enamel of the tooth by bacteria in your mouth.
However common they may be, cavities are easily preventable. And the more we know about interproximal cavities, the better chance we have at keeping them away!
Did You Know?
- 35% of your teeth’s surfaces are in between your teeth. So if you skip flossing, you’re only cleaning two-thirds of your teeth!
- Dental cavities are one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in people of all ages. The good news is, you can prevent them easily!
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. And check your technique. Make sure you’re using circular motions on the fronts and chewing surfaces of your teeth and short, up-and-down motions on the backs. Don’t forget those back molars!
Floss every day. This is another technique you’re going to want to hone for best results. Check out our guide on becoming the floss boss to learn the proper flossing method.
Your X-Rays are Important
When you get your yearly x-rays from Dr. Alrez, she’s looking for early signs of decay. She can tell you’re about to develop a cavity if she notices dark areas developing around the outermost layer of your tooth (enamel).
If it turns out that you have a high risk of decay, Dr. Alrez may prescribe a mouth rinse or dental paste with extra fluoride.
It’s Too Late! I Already Have a Cavity
Don’t beat yourself up about it! After all, the past is in the past. However, if you start taking better charge of your oral hygiene, you can prevent future cavities. And luckily, cavities can be easily treated with dental fillings.