Cavities? | Visit your Morehead City Dentist!

June 2, 2014

How can you prevent cavities? | Ask your Morehead City Dentist!

 

One word nobody wants to hear when they visit the dentist is Cavity! That’s right, the dreaded cavity; but what exactly is a cavity and how do you get one? A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.

 

So, what causes a cavity?

A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.

 

Yes, cavities can be repaired by your dentist, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities:

 

• Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
• Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)
• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach
• Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink
• Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up

 

If you have questions about cavities or anything else that involves your dental health, don't hesitate to give us a call. Your Morehead City dentists can provide answers and help you have a happy, healthy smile!

 

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