Cavities can form in various places around a tooth, including right at the gumline. In this blog post, we discuss gumline cavities and how you can prevent them from forming.
What Is a Cavity?
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that accumulates on and around teeth. This bacteria consumes your dietary sugar and produces acidic byproducts that weaken and damage your tooth enamel. Weakened enamel can be strengthened through a process called remineralization. If early-stage decay is not remineralized, it will develop into a cavity. This is a hole that indicates permanent destruction of your enamel. A gumline cavity develops where the tooth meets the gums.
How to Prevent Cavities
The best way to prevent cavities is to make sure that you’re keeping your teeth and gums free of plaque by brushing and flossing every day. Avoid tobacco products, drink plenty of water, and eat a balanced diet that is low in sugary and acidic foods and beverages. You should also visit Grafton Dental Care at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup.
Signs of a Gumline Cavity
- Pain near the gumline
- Small black fissures at the bottom of the tooth
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Discolored teeth
Treatment for Gumline Cavities
The typical treatment for cavities, including gumline cavities, is a filling. Fillings are made of a composite resin material that is durable and discreet. With modern anesthesia, the filling procedure is painless. Gumline cavities may also be associated with periodontal issues. At Grafton Dental Care, we offer treatment for receding gums to restore your gum health.
Cavity Treatment in Grafton, MA
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