Do I Have a Cavity?

Do I Have a Cavity?

Cavities are one of the world’s most common health problems – especially in children, teenagers, and older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 52 percent of children have a cavity in their primary teeth and 57 percent of teenagers have a cavity in their permanent teeth. Additionally, a whopping 90 percent of adults over the age of 20 have had a least one cavity.

A cavity can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Therefore, it’s essential to practice good oral and dental hygiene habits, identify potential signs, and receive proper timely treatment.

What is a Cavity?

A cavity, also known as tooth decay, occurs when the buildup of food and bacteria go untreated and turn into plaque. The bacteria created by plaque produces an acid that attacks and breaks down the enamel on the surface of teeth. When this process takes place within your mouth, it forms holes in the teeth and can cause severe complications if left untreated.

There are three types of cavities – coronal, root, and recurrent decay. A coronal cavity is the most common form of cavity and is located on the chewing surface or between teeth. A root cavity is most common in older adults. It occurs when gums recede and leave the tooth root exposed to toxic plaque. Lastly, recurrent decay happens around existing fillings or crowns where plaque can build up.

8 Possible Signs You May Have a Cavity

Cavities are often hard to spot as they can develop in the pits on the chewing surface of the back teeth. However, below are eight possible signs that you may have a cavity.

  • Toothache
  • Swelling or pus around your tooth
  • Damaged or broken tooth
  • Chewing problems – pain when biting
  • Hot & cold sensitivity
  • Discoloration on your tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Hole or pit in your tooth

While these possible signs could be indications that you have a cavity, they also relate to other oral health problems. The best way to spot and treat a cavity is to visit your dentist for regular check-ups – every six months. Your dentist will be able to conduct a thorough exam and provide the best treatment based on their findings.

How Do You Prevent Cavities?

Good oral and dental hygiene habits are the best way to prevent cavities.

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and on the gum line
  • Eliminate starchy and sugary foods from your diet
  • Drink water throughout the day to remove food debris and produce saliva
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash
  • Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and exam
  • Ask your dentist about sealants – a protective coating applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth

Cavity Treatment at Roseman Dental

Nearly 25 percent of Americans have untreated dental cavities. Untreated cavities could cause severe pain and infection, as well as problems with eating and speaking. Proper, timely dental treatment is essential to your oral health and overall well-being.

Treatment depends on the severity of the decay and your unique situation. Your dentist may recommend any of the following treatments:

  • Fluoride treatment
  • Filling
  • Crown
  • Root canal
  • Tooth extraction

If you notice any of the possible signs mentioned or haven’t visited the dentist in a while, make an appointment with Roseman Dental today. Roseman Dental offers affordable, high-quality dental care in Henderson, Nevada and South Jordan, Utah.

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Dental 360° – Nevada May Issue

Dental 360° – Nevada May Issue

Roseman Dental & Orthodontics is dedicated to serving its community and in April our faculty, residents and staff were able to provide much-needed dental services. On April 23, Roseman Dental & Orthodontics partnered with Volunteers in Medicine Southern Nevada (VMSN), to help serve patients of VMSN. The Clinic was able to treat 48 patients in one day, compared to the average of 17 patients that are seen on a regular dental clinic day. Care that was provided, free of charge, included prophy, SRPs (deep cleanings), extractions, and fillings. VMSN had lost funding to their dental program as well as volunteers willing to perform dentistry, so Roseman Dental & Orthodontics jumped at the opportunity to help.

“It was a full day of dentistry, but most importantly, a full day of taking care of people that very much needed our help,” stated Dr. Erin Greene, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program Director.

At the end of this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) will celebrate May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, a day focused on informing the public on the dangers of using tobacco and the business practices of tobacco companies. The day also focuses on the WHO initiatives in fighting the tobacco epidemic and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations. This year, the theme for World No Tobacco Day is “Commit to Quit.” There is no better time than the present to commit to stop smoking. When an individual quits, the body begins to heal itself and reverse the side effects of smoking and oral health and overall health begin to improve. Make the commitment today to quit.

During this month’s issue of Dental 360°, you’ll learn about the new reduced fees for orthodontic treatment and you’ll meet  our new orthodontic resident program director, Glen Roberson, DMD. In addition, you’ll learn the effects of smoking on your oral health and how COVID-19 caused people to delay their dental and medical care and how this delayed care is cause for concern.

Roseman Dental & Orthodontics’ Dental 360° is a monthly e-newsletter. Each month you’ll receive a panoramic view of dental health. Dental health is key to your overall health and here at Roseman Dental & Orthodontics, we are dedicated to improving not only your mouth, but your whole self. At our clinic we have an excellent team of licensed dentists, orthodontists, orthodontic residents – 30 to be exact, and dental residents all focused on you and your family’s oral health. Roseman Dental & Orthodontics has been serving its community since 2009 and is a comprehensive, one stop shop for all your dental needs including dental, orthodontic and craniofacial cleft lip & palate treatment.

We hope you find Dental 360° helpful and informative. We look forward to connecting with you monthly.

Dental 360° May Articles

New Orthodontic Treatment Price
Glen Roberson Appointed AEODO Program Director
Tobacco, Smoking & Your Oral Health
Delayed Care is a Big Concern

 

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Dental 360° – Utah May Issue

Dental 360° – Utah May Issue

At the end of this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) will celebrate May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, a day focused on informing the public on the dangers of using tobacco and the business practices of tobacco companies. The day also focuses on the WHO initiatives in fighting the tobacco epidemic and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations. This year, the theme for World No Tobacco Day is “Commit to Quit.” There is no better time than the present to commit to stop smoking. When an individual quits, the body begins to heal itself and reverse the side effects of smoking and oral health and overall health begin to improve. Make the commitment today to quit.

During this month’s issue of Dental 360°, you’ll learn the effects of smoking on your oral health and how COVID-19 caused people to delay their dental and medical care and how this delayed care is cause for concern. You’ll also learn reasons why you may have a toothache and possible causes of bad breath and how to treat it.

Roseman Dental’s Dental 360° is a monthly e-newsletter. Each month you’ll receive a panoramic view of dental health. Dental health is key to your overall health and here at Roseman Dental, we are dedicated to improving not only your mouth, but your whole self. At our clinic we have an excellent team of licensed dentists, dental residents and students, and dental assistants and hygienists all focused on you and your family’s oral health. We offer comprehensive care, are a one stop shop for all your dental needs and offer dental care at a cost typically lower than what you would find at a traditional dental office. Roseman Dental has been serving its community since 2011 and we look forward to continuing to serve you and your family.

We hope you find Dental 360° helpful and informative. We look forward to connecting with you monthly.

Dental 360° May Articles

Tobacco, Smoking & Your Oral Health
Delayed Care is a Big Concern
What Causes a Toothache?
Combating Bad Breath

Glen Roberson Appointed AEODO Program Director

Glen Roberson Appointed AEODO Program Director

Glen Roberson, DMD, Program Director of Roseman University College of Dental Medicine’s Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics program and Orthodontic Clinic, is in a unique position to shape the next generation of compassionate, technologically-savvy, patient-focused orthodontists. Each year, Roseman’s AEODO residency welcomes 10 new residents, dentists intent on specializing in Orthodontics after completion of a three-year residency. Dr. Roberson has been with Roseman University for 11 years as full-time faculty and is newly appointed into the position of Program Director. With ample teaching experience as well as an intimate understanding of the operations of the clinic, he’s spent the past 11 years watching, learning and immersing himself in his work. Roseman strives to develop “Lifelong Colleagues”, values which focus on personal growth, transparency and integrity.  Students are encouraged to see their educational journey as not simply limited to the duration of their program, but as a lifetime journey full of learning opportunities and moments that can teach invaluable lessons – lessons that continue to improve our emotional intelligence, clinical skills, and service to patients.  Dr. Roberson lives these ideals.

Originally from Northern New Jersey, Dr. Roberson knew as a high schooler that he was suited to a career in healthcare. For two years, he shadowed a physician in a pediatric ward and was energized by young patients but disheartened by the limitations of insurers and patient volume standards– limitations that impacted the quality of care. But as a self-described “overgrown kid” Dr. Roberson found his way to Dental school and ultimately to his specialty in Orthodontics, which gave him the opportunity to treat young patients and make lasting impact on their lives by giving them the confidence of a healthy and beautiful smile.

Perhaps closest to his heart however is the work that the clinic does in treating infants, children and adults with Cleft lip and palate anomalies. One of the very few clinics in Nevada to provide this highly specialized care, Dr. Roberson’s team works with patients that are only a few days old, babies who are born with issues that impact their ability to feed and thrive. With early intervention and use of a variety of techniques in orthodontia and dentofacial orthopedics, these young patients can be put on a track towards recovery.  Roseman’s clinic does this for patients at no cost – and has donated over $500,000 in care to be able to treat any patient, regardless of their ability to pay.

Dr. Roberson hopes more patients and their families learn about the unique benefits of the Roseman Dental & Orthodontics, which offers reduced-cost, high-quality care to patients needing dental, orthodontic, and cleft lip and palate care. When asked what part of his work he most enjoys, Dr. Roberson says, “I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I enjoy caring for my patients while also shaping the next generation of orthodontists to provide empathic, high-quality care to all”.  Highly respected by his peers, patients and students, Dr. Roberson is truly a gift to our community.

For more information on Roseman Dental & Orthodontics, visit https://www.rosemandental.com/home-nv/.

For more information on cleft lip and palate, go to https://www.rosemandental.com/cleft-palate-nv/.