Cavities in your teeth are caused by tooth decay. The main reason it is best to take every precaution against tooth decay is that it quickly becomes irreversible. Things like sugary drinks can speed up tooth decay. Regular cleanings at your dentists along with proper brushing and flossing build a strong defense against tooth decay and cavities.
Stop Dental Cavities Before They Start
Plaque is a substance created by bacteria, acids, pieces of food, and lastly saliva. The acids in plaque eat away at your tooth enamel. Plaque starts to stick to your teeth within 20 minutes after eating or drinking. Within 48 hours the plaque stuck to your teeth will harden into a substance called tartar. If tooth decay is left untreated cavities develop. The best way to prevent plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth is to brush your teeth after every meal and floss every day. Regular teeth cleaning appointments with your dentist also help to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Dental Cavity Treatment
Cavities are very common and can happen to anyone. If you happen to get a cavity your dentist will be able to identify it at your regular cleaning appointment. You will likely need to make another appointment with your dentist to receive a filling. If the decay has caused extensive damage to your tooth a filling will not be enough. You may require a dental crown or even a root canal if the decay has reached the tooth root. If your tooth is too far gone it will need to be extracted and replaced with an implant or a bridge. Fluoride toothpaste can help prevent cavities.
Professional Cavity Treatment with AH Dentistry
Dr. Alberto A. Herrero is our experienced dentist at AH Dentistry. Dr. Herrero is committed to providing personalized care to all of his patients. He will talk to you and suggest the best procedure to prevent tooth decay and improve your smile. We offer dental services to Ann Arbor, MI, Pittsfield Charter Township, Ypsilanti, MI, and the surrounding areas. Our staff is ready to help you achieve a brilliant smile. If you have any questions regarding cavities or any of our other dental services, call our office today at (734) 222-9140 or contact us online.