The Straight Story on Cavities and Fillings
Cavities. Nobody wants ’em – believe it or not, your dentist most of all. Sure, one could argue it keeps us in business, but the truth is it also means potentia26l problems for patients and no dentist wants that. The two biggest causes for cavities are poor oral hygiene (not brushing and flossing as you should), and sugary foods and beverages (candy, soda, etc.)
When food particles remain lodged in your teeth, the enamel will eventually begin to soften and then decay, creating a small hole or defect in the tooth. Left untreated, the hole can become larger and in some cases even destroy the entire tooth.
Dentists treat cavities with fillings by removing the decayed matter and then filling in that space. These days, most fillings are made of tooth-colored resins that are virtually undetectable to the naked eye, keeping your beautiful smile intact. There are some cases where using metal to fill a cavity may be necessary.
You can avoid cavities and the need for fillings by eating healthy, avoiding sugary sweets and beverages, brushing and flossing daily with a quality fluoride toothpaste, and regular checkups. Tooth sealants and fluoride supplements can also be helpful in fighting off cavities. Be sure to talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about your teeth.