Cavities Are Painful When Eating And Drinking?

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“Mom, my teeth often hurt, cenut2 if for eating to drink there is also a hole. What do you do ma’am? Will it be worse if I leave it?”

1 Answer:

Hello F Nur Hanifa, thank you for your question to

Dental and oral health are things that need attention, especially if there are problems with the teeth that cause pain. This is because pain can interfere with daily activities, such as difficulty eating and interfere with work or study performance due to being unable to concentrate.

Cavities / caries can be experienced by everyone, both children and adults. Caries itself can occur due to the accumulation of plaque / dirt (derived from food scraps attached to the teeth that are mixed with saliva, and bacteria) on the outer layer of teeth, where the nature of this plaque is acidic. This acid condition can cause erosion or damage to the layer of teeth that we know as cavities, which if left unchecked can cause a bigger hole.

However, in addition to cavities, toothache can also be caused by other conditions, such as inflammation of the gums, injury / trauma to the upper and lower jaw joints, symptoms of sinusitis and so on. So it needs to be considered again the originator of the pain.

Symptoms of cavities can vary depending on the severity of the cavity. Small holes in the teeth may not cause any complaints or can be seen as blackish brown spots / stains on the teeth. However, if the hole continues to enlarge, then there are some symptoms that can be felt, for example pain when chewing or when the teeth are pressed / toothache (as in your case), teeth become more sensitive to cold or warm temperatures (can be felt when rinsing or when eating / drinking), and holes in the teeth can be seen directly.

A person with cavities can experience toothache. This is because, in the teeth there is a part that is the dental pulp (containing sensory nerves to capture pain signals and changes in temperature and blood vessels). When tooth decay reaches the pulp, the nerve can be activated and cause a sensation of pain / ache.

There are several risks that can increase the incidence of cavities. that is:

lack of hygiene in the mouth (lazy to brush teeth) often eat food (improve acidic conditions in the mouth) often eat sweet or acidic foods the risk of cavities in children is higher than adults (related to awareness to maintain oral and dental hygiene). Handling of cavities varies, depending on the size of the hole / tooth decay. Usually the dentist will do an examination first to assess the severity of the cavities. If the hole in the tooth is still very small, then there is no need for filling and the hole is expected to close and not increase with the use of toothpaste alone. If the hole in the tooth continues / is bigger, the hole can be closed / patched by using certain chemicals. However, if the cavity / tooth decay becomes more severe which causes the tooth to become brittle, the doctor can use a crown to replace the natural crown. In some cases where the hole has reached the dental pulp, the doctor will usually take care of the nerve / root of the tooth first before patching cavities with permanent fillings. This treatment takes several weeks to months. The last option, if the tooth decay is very severe, the dentist can recommend to pull only the teeth.

My advice, check the condition of your teeth to the dentist and do not leave it alone, because the longer it is not treated properly, the hole can become bigger and the pain also continues to persist or even worse. In addition, the thing that is worrying if cavities are not handled properly is the spread of bacteria / germs that come from cavities through the blood vessels in the pulp. Bacteria can enter blood vessels and spread to other organs, such as the heart. You can also find out the risks or dangers of other cavities here.

Some things you need to do are:

brush your teeth at least twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed do not nip / leave food for too long in mouth avoid foods / drinks sweet or acidic (eg soda, coffee) do the scaling / cleaning of tartar at best every 6 months avoid That's all, hopefully it helps, and don't forget to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Greetings healthy,

dr. Sheryl Serelia.

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