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Dental Cavities & Tooth Decay

Root Canals & Fillings In Gainesville, FL

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Preventing & Treating Dental Cavities

Are you looking for a Gainesville dentist to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile? Van Dyke General and 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 provide basic dental care 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

1. Decay

Without oral hygiene, plaque will turn food into acid, which can eat away at the tooth’s hard enamel.

2. Bacteria

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.

3. Plaque

Bacteria continue to build up around the gum line and between teeth, forming a film known as plaque.

4. Cavities

As the tooth’s enamel and softer dentin layer break down from the acid created by plaque, small cavities are created.

5. Treatment

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.

Gainesville Root Canal Dentist

Over time, if untreated, cavities can lead to major oral issues and may even require a root canal. A root canal involves removing the damaged area, filling it, and sealing it. You can trust us as a prominent Gainesville root canal dentist for all of your oral care needs.

It is important to visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings to maintain a healthy mouth and smile. We know that the best form of treatment is preventative care. At your semi-annual cleanings, we will do a full exam, discuss your treatment plan, and share preventative maintenance tips with you. We like to share our knowledge on how to maintain a healthy mouth. We know that a beautiful smile begins with a healthy mouth. We can help you achieve the beautiful smile that you always wanted.

Your Gainesville Neighborhood Dentist

Van Dyke General and Implant Dentistry focuses on gentle cleanings and gentle oral care, perfect for patients of all ages. We like to teach children that oral care starts at an early age. The sooner children are exposed to dentists and proper oral care, the fewer problems they will have over their lifetime.

We provide total cavity care through:

  • Gentle teeth cleaning
  • Regular check-ups and X-rays
  • Cavity fillings and treatment
  • Root canals