Cavity Specialist

Jack E Ferguson, DDS

Holistic Dentist located in Independence, MO

If you develop a cavity, you’re also more susceptible to gum disease and tooth loss. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to keep your smile happy and healthy. At his self-titled practice in Independence, Missouri, holistic dentist Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, regularly diagnoses and treats cavities. If you’re concerned that you may have a cavity, make an appointment by calling the office today.

Cavity Q & A

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a tiny opening or hole that develops in the hard surface of your teeth. Also known as tooth decay, cavities develop as a result of poor oral hygiene, the buildup of “bad” mouth bacteria, and bad habits such as drinking sugary beverages and frequent snacking.

Anyone can develop a cavity, but they’re especially common in children, teenagers, and older adults. Left untreated, cavities can lead to more serious tooth decay. Symptoms of tooth decay include toothaches, infection, and tooth loss. 

What are the symptoms of a cavity?

The symptoms of a cavity vary from person to person and depend on their size and severity. However, common telltale signs include:

  • Toothache
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth

As a cavity progresses, you might also notice that your affected tooth turns brown or black. 

When should I see a dentist about a cavity?

If you think you might have a cavity, make an appointment with the team at Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, LLC right away.

In their early stages, cavities don’t always present symptoms, so it’s important to invest in preventive measures. Visiting the team once every six months for a professional exam and cleaning is one of the easiest ways to protect your oral health. 

Are there any factors that increase my risk of developing a cavity?

Cavities affect people of all ages, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including: 

  • Tooth location
  • Frequent snacking
  • Inadequate oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Heartburn

You’re also more likely to develop a cavity if you have worn down fillings or dental crowns. Bacteria may get underneath chipped or cracked fillings and spread to the interior of your tooth.

How is a cavity diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose a cavity, your dentist performs a thorough oral exam, asks you questions about your symptoms, and takes a series of oral X-rays. He also uses a special tool to check the strength and condition of each tooth. 

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Ferguson only uses natural products to treat and prevent cavities. He doesn’t use fluoride or any other type of chemical treatment. 

Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your cavity, your Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, LLC provider might recommend brushing your teeth with a Xylitol-containing toothpaste or a remineralizing toothpaste. Xylitol is a naturally occurring compound that inhibits the growth of “bad” mouth bacteria, causing less plaque to form.  

To get needed cavity treatment, request your appointment at Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, LLC today. Dr. Ferguson serves those in Independence, Kansas City, and all of Jackson County, MO.