Learn About Cavities from your Morehead City Dentist!
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 any questions or concerns about cavities, please feel free to contact your Morehead City Dentist at Wells Family Dentistry!