Can You Reverse A Cavity?

Tooth decay and cavities are some of the most common dental health problems that will bring you into a dentist’s office. If you start to notice a cavity forming in your child’s teeth, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to reverse it.

And the answer is a bit complicated because it greatly ties into how cavities actually form. Check out this short blog post from Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry to learn more. 

The Stages of Cavities

Cavities (or tooth decay) don’t appear overnight. They are actually formed in 5 stages:

  • Demineralization - This is when the enamel gets exposed to the acids from bacteria in your mouth;
  • Enamel decay - Occurs when the enamel starts to break down and holes start to form;
  • Dentin decay - By this point, the decay reaches the soft tissue found under the enamel, called the dentin;
  • Pulp decay - The final stage where the decay reaches the tooth pulp and nerves.

Cavities will usually follow this 5-steps process, although there is no telling how long it may take to move from one stage to the other.

How Can You Reverse a Cavity?

If the cavity is found in the first stage (the demineralization stage), then it can be successfully reversed. To do it, you’ll need to help your child improve their oral hygiene habits and take part in regular brushing and flossing, as well as upgrade to fluoride products to provide their teeth with more support.

You should also make an appointment with a pediatric dentist for a more thorough consultation. The dentist can provide you with more personalized care and even inspect the child’s teeth to make sure there aren’t any other cavities potentially forming.

Unfortunately, if you don’t spot the cavity in its first stage, reversing it is not possible, but there are several ways to treat it:

How to Prevent Cavities

When it comes to tooth decay, it’s very important to teach your child good oral hygiene habits that can greatly reduce the risks of cavities and other oral health issues such as gum disease.

Some tactics to consider can include:

  • Brushing the child’s teeth at least 2 times a day
  • Using dental floss to remove bacteria and food particles from between the teeth
  • Using fluoride toothpaste
  • Reducing the number of snacks eaten between meals
  • Ensuring your child eats plenty of fresh veggies and fruits
  • Avoid sugary drinks or treats as much as possibly
  • Swap juices for fluoride water
  • Take your child to routine dentist’s appointments

Stop by Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry Today!

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