Cavities are one of those common dental problems that we all have to deal with at one time or another. Yet even though they are rather common and we all heard of them, people are sometimes not quite sure what causes cavities.
Cavities are caused by tooth decay. Within your mouth are bacteria that latch onto your teeth, creating a film called plaque. This plaque is generally easy to remove so long as it is cleaned within a day or two. IfÂ kept there to long though the plaque gradually wears down the surface of the teeth, leading to cavities and in some severe cases, tooth decay.
If you want to prevent cavities, itâ€™s important to keep your mouth clean and free from food particles that can harbor or nourish the bacteria in your mouth. This means that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. You should also visit your Gentle Dental dentist twice a year for professional cleaning, fluoride treatments, and x-rays. Your dentist can help identify cavities that are developing and instruct you further on how to reverse the damage.
People of all ages get cavities. Fortunately they are treatable!Â One of the ways we can treat cavities is by using a filling. The treatment involves the removal of decayed tooth material in the cavity and then filling the hole with a specialÂ composite material to prevent further decay of the tooth. More advanced tooth decay can be dealt with using advanced restorative techniques such as the placement of dental crowns.