Even with good habits brushing and using mouthwash, there is always the chance that a cavity can develop, especially in between teeth. These spots are much harder to reach, can have stuck food in them, and require a lot of time and effort to thoroughly cover with appropriate hygiene. Even among people with generally healthy teeth, it’s not unusual for one cavity to slip by once in a while, and the middle space between two teeth will often end up being the culprit. This is part of the reason why flossing is seen as such an important part of tooth care.
Usually when there is a cavity between teeth, it’s not the side of both teeth that is infected, but actually one tooth with the cavity that is just on the side instead of on the front, back, or top where it would be easier to spot and where dental care would have been easier in the beginning. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for a cavity that starts on the side of the tooth to grow much larger than the ones which are easier to spot or notice.
The severity of the cavity will determine what kind of treatment is needed, and if immediate treatment is the best option. Depending on the location, the size of the cavity, the type of cavity, and the strength or health or the surrounding teeth, the dentist’s ideal action will make a big difference. Although it might sound strange, depending on the cavity and those other surrounding factors, a dentist might choose to tell the patient to keep up the oral hygiene, but to wait a little bit if the damage to healthy teeth and gums in getting to the cavity outweighs the benefit of going in for the repair at that time. This isn’t the most common scenario, but it is common enough to be aware of it.
Getting to these cavities can be quite tricky, in large part because if you can’t get to the damaged area from the back, front, or side then the options are severely limited. The dentist will by far and away have the knowledge to give you the best advice for how to deal with any between the teeth cavities that you have. At home, there’s only so much you can do. Continue to keep your mouth as clean as possible through regular and thorough brushing as well as the use of mouthwash. Flossing is still suggested, especially if the cavity hasn’t become surface tooth decay yet, otherwise you need to be very careful when doing anything in the infected area.
The key is to go to the dentist and get that professional advice on what to do or how to go about treatment. If the cavity can be fixed then and there in the office, that makes things a lot easier and the course of action should be obvious. If this isn’t an option, then you need to follow whatever professional advice you receive to the letter, and avoid the type of cold foods and sweets which could cause sensitivity or pain in the meantime.