If you don’t remove plaque from your teeth with proper flossing and tooth brushing, you are increasing your risk for developing a cavity. Cavities are among the most common dental problems in people around the world, but good oral care, including proper flossing, can help prevent them.
Cavities are tiny holes that develop in areas of your teeth that have decayed due to poor oral hygiene. If you have teeth, you can develop cavities, regardless of age or gender.
If you ignore a cavity long enough, it may become larger and cause symptoms such as a toothache. If you don’t see a dentist to have the cavity restored (filled), a cavity can develop into an infection, and you could lose your tooth or develop a more severe infection.
When it comes to cavities, prevention is the best protection. Prevent cavities by keeping plaque under control with a consistent schedule of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing. Choose from among the many types of toothbrushes and flossing products to find something you’ll like, so you’re more likely to use it every day.
And don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups for a professional cleaning and to identify problems before they become serious. If your dentist identifies a cavity early, he or she might recommend a series of fluoride treatments to help restore or remineralize the demineralized tooth enamel and help prevent the need for a filling. Fluoride treatments can be in the form of a gel, rinse, foam or varnish. The fluoride product is placed on the teeth for a short time and is incorporated into the tooth structure to make enamel harder and more resistant to demineralization (break-down).