The truth is, though, that the hidden spaces between your teeth are just as susceptible.
What Causes Cavities Between TeethCavities between your teeth happen similarly to cavities anywhere else on the teeth; bacteria linger and produce acids that destroy the enamel.
Food debris is more likely to collect between your teeth, which provide food for bacteria. And your toothbrush cannot reach these spaces to effectively remove that food. Some foods are more likely than others to get stuck, including:
|•||Sticky and/or chewy foods, such as gummy candies or taffy.|
|•||Foods that are "stringy," like dried fruits.|
|•||Crunchy foods, such as potato chips or popcorn.|
Treating Cavities Between TeethTreating cavities between your teeth is essentially the same as treating cavities anywhere else. However, the procedure often takes a bit longer because your dentist will need to get a good angle between your teeth to ensure all of the decay is removed and the cavity is fully filled.
Prevention DentistryPreventing cavities between your teeth, as with any other cavity, is better to prevent than to deal with. There are a few ways in which you can protect your teeth from between-teeth cavities:
|•||Floss. Flossing at least once a day is essential for loosening and removing debris from between your teeth. A wider ribbon, while more difficult to get between tighter spaces, but it is better for removing more food.|
|•||Mouthwash. Swishing with mouthwash can help to loosen and effectively remove a decent amount of the food particles missed by flossing.|
|•||Regular dental visits. It is recommended that you see your dentist at least twice a year. During these visits, your dentist will not only clean your teeth, but also perform a thorough oral exam. Your dentist will be able to spot early warning signs of cavities between your teeth, helping you to stop them early, before they become serious problems.|
If you suspect you have a cavity between your teeth, don't wait until your next dental exam to mention it. Contact our office today and schedule an appointment.