“Cavity” – that’s usually the word no one wants to hear when they visit the dentist.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.
What causes a cavity?
A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.
Yes, cavities can be repaired by your dentist, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities:
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
- Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)
- Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach
- Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink
- Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up