Taking care of your teeth is essential for preventing oral health issues, such as tooth decay (cavities). Cavity prevention involves flossing, brushing, and regular dental cleanings and exams. After a cavity forms, it needs to be treated. Untreated, a cavity only grows larger, causing serious problems. At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, we can treat your cavities, restoring the health of your mouth with composite dental fillings.
How Cavities Form
A cavity forms as the result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by the erosion of your tooth enamel. Oral bacteria, which live in your mouth, feed on lingering sugars or acids found in food and drinks. When the bacteria is not properly flossed and brushed away, the bacteria can cause destruction or a cavity on a tooth.
People of all ages can get tooth decay. Risks may increase among those who:
often sip and snack on foods and drinks high in sugars
drink bottled water or water without fluoride, which helps to protect teeth
have dry mouths due to medications or other health reasons
have weak enamel due to genetics or childhood illness
don't floss once a day and brush twice a day
don't visit the dentist regularly
Over time, the cavity grows larger. Untreated, it can begin to destroy the tooth, weakening it. It can also enter into the inner layer of the tooth, allowing bacteria in. If this happens, a painful infection can form. For these reasons, treating cavities as soon as they are detected is very important.
If you suspect you have a cavity, don’t ignore it. Contact the The Elmwood Dental Group LLC to schedule your appointment today.
At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, our office is both parking and wheel chair accessible.