If you have dental issues, you’re not alone! Many people experience dental problems which eventually may lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Thankfully, dental problems are usually preventable! Here’s what you need to know about dental cavities and tooth loss.

What Are Cavities?

Cavities are a type of tooth decay. They often form very small fissures or holes in the hard surface of your teeth and can cause pain and permanent damage. They are extremely common in all ages, and can be either visible to the naked eye or unnoticeable. 

Cavities come with many symptoms, including tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, pain with eating, visible discoloration or holes, and pain with biting. Cavities can form because of several reasons, including:

  • Eating too much sugar, including candy, other sweets, or beverages such as soda
  • Infrequent or incorrect brushing
  • Not flossing your teeth
  • Bacteria in the mouth
  • Mouth diseases, which may or may not be hereditary 

What You Need to Know About Tooth Loss

While losing your teeth as a child is normal, losing adult teeth is a concern. Tooth loss can occur because of several reasons, including untreated cavities, gum disease, or trauma. The first sign of tooth loss is often cavities, tooth pain, or having loose teeth. 

If you lose a tooth for any reason, you should:

  • Stop the bleeding. If any bleeding occurs when you lose your tooth, it’s important to use gauze