DRY CARIES: WHAT IS IT AND HOW IS IT TREATED?

The topic of this post

  • How to recognize dry cavities
  • How to cure dry cavities
  • Monitoring and prevention to avoid dry caries

Taking care of your oral hygiene should be a common daily habit. Keeping one’s teeth healthy and clean, from childhood, helps to avoid the accumulation of bacteria and the formation of cavities. This is not a rare problem: almost everyone has suffered from it at least once in their life and had to intervene. The Ministry of Health defines caries as an infectious/bacterial disease of a chronic-degenerative nature with a multifactorial etiology. Its formation takes place in this way: the enamel, or the external part of the tooth, weakens allowing external agents to attack the underlying tissue, the dentin, and form a cavity.

Not all cariogenic manifestations have effects of equal intensity. A lesser-known form, for example, is dry caries: let’s see what it is.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE DRY CAVITIES

There are cases in which the formation of caries, at a certain point, stops or slows down significantly, without aggressively affecting the dentin. The process of tooth erosion, therefore, seems to stop and the damage is reduced: in this case, we are faced with dry caries.

It is a difficult disorder to recognize because it appears as a small black hole in the enamel of the tooth, not very visible to the naked eye. An alarm bell of its presence, however, can be constituted by an unusual sensitivity to heat or cold, often an indication of a problem with the teeth or gums, even if in most cases, if we are suffering from a dry cavity, even pain is absent, as the dentin has not been affected.

HOW TO CURE DRY CAVITIES

If you notice that you have dry cavities or an anomaly on the tooth, it is advisable to consult your dentist as soon as possible on what to do.

In fact, when dry caries are present, the tooth cannot be defined as healthy because, albeit slowly, the process of dental erosion continues.

In some cases, the dentist will offer to treat the tooth as if it were a “normal” caries. Alternatively and based on the localization of the problem, he may deem it appropriate to proceed with the filling, that is the dental intervention that goes to seal the crack made by cariogenic bacteria in the affected tooth.

MONITORING AND PREVENTION TO AVOID DRY CARIES

In general, dry caries should be monitored constantly through regular visits set up with your dentist. It is true that this is not a problem to be treated urgently, but to notice its presence and prevent it from degenerating into more serious disorders, it is advisable to establish a schedule of meetings at a fixed frequency in the medium term, to act promptly if they arise. some problems.

It is also good to reiterate that there are some simple rules to follow to prevent dental problems. As we explained in detail in the article on correct oral hygiene, it is essential, especially in the evening:

  • Use a good toothbrush every day, suitable for your needs and renewed every 3 months;
  • Get used to flossing regularly
  • Choose an effective toothpaste;
  • Disinfect the oral cavity with the mouthwash;
  • Schedule 2 or 3 dental visits per year;
  • Undergo at least once a year an oral hygiene session, what is commonly called “teeth cleaning”.

Although the absence of pain can lead us to postpone the visit to the dentist and the financial commitment that often requires leads us to procrastinate, the only way to save money and at the same time prevent the onset of problems such as dry cavities is to internalize the principles of a culture of prevention, to make it a routine. In this sense, integrative healthcare helps us which, thanks to some Medicare insurance policies for dental health, allows us to access quality dental facilities at a low cost.

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