Cavities

William D. Davies, DDS

General Dentist located in Pasadena, TX

The oral cavity has a lot of different parts that can develop problems due to poor hygiene, underlying disease, or injuries. Going for regular dental exams offers a chance to have these problems detected early and treated promptly. At William D. Davies, DDS, the experienced team provides oral cavity care and treatment. Patients in Pasadena, Texas, can count on receiving high-quality, compassionate care.

Cavities Q & A

What does the oral cavity include?

The oral cavity includes your teeth, gums, bones that support your teeth, tongue, and salivary glands. Problems with one of these parts can affect others, leading to complications. For example, a periodontal disease that affects the gums can lead to bone loss and tooth loss.

Why is a dental exam important?

Dental exams give the team at William D. Davies, DDS, an opportunity to check the oral cavity for signs of potential problems that need treatment.

They perform a physical examination of your teeth, gums, and other areas to look for evidence of decay or disease. They also check for signs of infections, injuries, or other problems that should be addressed promptly.

What are some common oral cavity problems?

Some of the most common problems that can affect the oral cavity include the following:

  • Cavities or tooth decay
  • Gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Problems associated with underlying diseases, such as diabetes

What causes tooth decay?

You can get tooth decay, or cavities, when bacteria builds up on your teeth and breaks down enamel. Without treatment, you can end up with decay that’s serious enough to require a dental extraction to prevent infections.

Keep in mind that you might not experience signs of tooth decay, but the team at William D. Davies, DDS, can find evidence of decay during exams.

What causes gum problems?

You can develop gingivitis or periodontal disease when plaque and tartar build up on your teeth and cause gum inflammation or infections. You might experience signs of gum problems, such as swelling, redness, and discomfort.

The team at William D. Davies, DDS, can determine if you have gingivitis or periodontal disease during your dental exam.

Can oral cavity problems occur due to diabetes?

If you have diabetes, your risk of having oral cavity problems, especially those that affect your teeth and gums, increases.

Diabetes is associated with periodontal disease, thrush, and dry mouth. The team at William D. Davies, DDS, will consider your underlying health condition when checking your mouth for signs of problems.

How often do I need dental exams?

To make sure all parts of your oral cavity are in good condition, you should have routine dental exams done twice a year.

You should schedule these exams and cleanings every six months. If you have any oral health problems, your dentist might recommend coming in more often for treatment or monitoring.

If you need care for oral cavity problems, call William D. Davies, DDS, today, or book an appointment online.