Preventing & Treating Dental Cavities
Are you looking for a Gainesville dentist to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile? Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry can help you in your quest for a healthy smile. Our goal is to teach our patients to care for their teeth and gums to prevent dental cavities and tooth decay. We can also help if you are currently having problems with your teeth.
The most common type of oral ailment is cavities. Cavities are caused by a buildup of bacteria on your teeth. The severity of the cavity can worsen if it goes untreated for a long period of time. Our dentists and dental hygienists are knowledgeable when it comes to finding the right procedure for your cavity filling. We can tailor treatments to any existing cavities you have and teach you how to prevent cavities in the future. Some ways to prevent cavities are to lessen the amount of sugar that you eat, floss regularly, and brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time.
Basic Oral Care: Dental Cavities
Tooth decay can be stopped in its early stages, but many cavities will require a filling. If left untreated, the cavity will worsen and a root canal may become necessary.
Many types of bacteria live in our mouths. This bacteria can gather near the gum line, in grooves of teeth and around fillings or other dental work.
Bacteria continues to build up around the gum line and between teeth, forming a film known as plaque.
Without oral hygiene, plaque will turn food into acid, which can eat away at the tooth's hard enamel.
As the tooth's enamel and softer dentin layer break down from the acid created by plaque, small cavities are created.