Cavities 101

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Your teeth are among your most important possessions — after all, they are incredibly important for eating and smiling. And when they are not in prime condition, many issues can arise. Cavities are one of the most common dental issues in the country. In fact,92% of adults between ages 20 to 64 have had cavities. We’ve outlined what you need to know about cavities and what you can do to prevent them.

What Is a Cavity?

A cavity is the destruction of a section of your teeth — specifically, the enamel (the hard, white outer covering). The most common cause of a cavity is dental plaque, which is a kind of bacteria that consumes sugars and produces an acidic byproduct that hurts your enamel.

How to Handle a Cavity

If you have a cavity, we can fill in the hole in your enamel to keep the bacteria from penetrating deeper and causing further damage. One of the most common ways to do this is with a tooth filling. At Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of types of dental fillings.

How to Avoid Cavities

But what can you do to avoid cavities in the first place? The first thing is to avoid eating too much sugary food. That way, there is less food for the bacteria to thrive on. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly. Don’t forget to visit the dentist regularly too!

Cavities are no fun for anyone, but following these directions can help reduce your chance of getting them so that you don’t have any dental emergencies or require more serious dental care. If you want more tips for handling cavities, or if you have one and need to take care of it, contact our office today! We can get your teeth back to great condition.

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