OHWJ #5: Cavities and Caries

It’s a dark and stormy night. You’ve been working for years on this project, and within the past few months the project has only gotten bigger.  You’ve create a monster, and you can smell its horrid decayed-matter stench, yet you ignore it because the thing as a whole can function.  Moments later, this monster is hurting you and you try to flee from it.  You avoid confrontation, but this monster is a persistent one, and comes back to haunt you.  It’s presence is overwhelming. Those pesky little decayed teeth!

Decayed teeth will make its presence known.  As it gets bigger and worse it is commonly known to show symptoms of toothache and sensitivity, holes or pits, pain, pus, and bad breath.  It is caused by a combination of factors, like bacteria in the oral cavity, a dirty mouth, frequent snacking and sipping on sugary drinks.  The combination and accumulation of bad hygiene and processed sugary foods can ultimately lead to cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay). If left alone and untreated, it will get larger and furthermore worsen the condition of your teeth which can lead to more toothache, infection, and tooth loss.

There are many routes a dentist may take depending on the severity of the decay. Fluoride treatments, fillings, crowns, root canals, and extractions may be some options the dentist may consider.

Hopefully these pictures scared you enough to convince you to avoid getting cavities as much as possible. To do so, make sure you visit your dentist twice a year, brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss once a day.  Good oral hygiene will prevent you from tooth decay.


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