A cavity is irreversible tooth decay. Caused by bacteria in your mouth, cavities arise as the enamel of your tooth erodes.
Bacteria are always present in our mouths. The bacteria turn food on your teeth – especially food of the sugary persuasion – into acids. The mixture of bacteria, acid, food and saliva is plaque, the sticky substance on your teeth. The acid in plaque eats away at your tooth enamel, the hard, outermost layer of your teeth. As the plaque destroys enamel, depressions or holes of decay are formed. These holes are cavities.
To avoid cavities, you should prevent and regularly remove plaque by:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing once a day
- Visiting the dentist for a cleaning every six months
- Avoiding excessive consumption of sugary, starchy foods
At Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry, in addition to professional cleanings and examinations, we prevent cavities by using the DIAGNOdent. This dental tool helps us see early signs of decay, even on your back teeth.
For preventative dentistry and cavity treatment, please contact experienced Phoenix, Arizona dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox to schedule a consultation at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry.