What Happens When I Develop a Cavity?

At some point in our lives, most of us will develop a cavity. In fact, only less than 2% of the population is immune to dental caries. While tooth decay is widespread, this doesn’t mean cavities aren’t a serious dental health issue. Recognizing the warning signs and seeking treatment for a cavity is essential for maintaining a healthy smile.

Cerritos Cavity Quiz

1. True or False: A toothache may be a sign of a cavity.

2. True or False: A variety of factors can lead to a cavity.

3. True or False: To address cavities, we may recommend white fillings.

4. True or False: Routine dental care can help reduce the risk of cavities.

Answer Key

1. True. Common warning signs of a developing cavity include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, along with a persistent toothache. If you experience a toothache that lasts more than 48 hours, you should seek treatment right away.

2. True. Our teeth are coated in a protective layer of enamel, designed to safeguard our teeth against harmful bacteria that causes decay. Poor oral hygiene and trauma are both common methods of weakening tooth enamel and allowing bacteria to reach the sensitive layers of dentin below, where decay can form.

3. True. A filling is the most common procedure used to treat a cavity. While at one point fillings were only made of metal, we now offer white fillings made using composite resin. White fillings blend seamlessly with your tooth, providing lifelike restoration. If you would like to learn more about our white fillings, contact Dr. Shawn Hofkes today.

4. True. Simple dental maintenance helps reduce the presence of oral bacteria and protects your teeth from cavities. Each day, you should brush your teeth twice and floss once. In addition, always undergo a checkup and thorough dental cleaning at least twice a year. This can help your smile remain free of cavities.

About Your Cerritos Oral Surgeon:

Shawn Hofkes, DDS, is highly qualified to address complex issues, including the placement of ceramic crowns. He can also help improve the beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry. To schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.