How Does a Cavity Form?

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How Does a Cavity Form?

In adulthood, cavities can still be common, especially if you don’t do what you can to prevent them. If you want to take care of your teeth and keep from getting cavities (and having to visit your Saugus dentist to fix them), it’s important to know exactly what a cavity is.

A cavity is essentially a hole in the enamel of your tooth. They are caused when oral bacteria feed on leftover food in your mouth. The bacteria cause plaque, which has an acid that eats away at your enamel. When you get a cavity, your Saugus and North Boston area dentist will drill away the damaged area of the tooth, including cleaning away the plaque, and fill the hole. Filling your cavity will restore the integrity of your tooth and prevent further damage.

Fortunately, good dental hygiene can prevent most cavities. Brushing and flossing regularly, along with using a fluoride mouthwash, will keep food particles from sticking to your teeth so the bacteria never grow the plaque that can cause cavities.

If it’s been a while since you got your teeth checked and cleaned, or you think you may have a cavity, make an appointment with Dr. Stephen Petinge today.