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How Do Cavities Form?

By Bruce Wilderman on January 25, 2011

We’ve all heard the word cavities, and many of us have had a cavity or two (or maybe many) over the course of our lives, but here’s a question: do you really know what a cavity is and how a cavity is formed? Some of you out there may know, but I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who aren’t quite so certain. Well, never fear, because a skilled Philadelphia cosmetic dentist is here to answer these questions that you may have about cavities.

A cavity is essentially the breakdown of a tooth’s structure (the enamel, dentin, and cementum) caused by bacteria. The enamel is the hard, outermost surface of the tooth; the dentin is the substance that is covered by the enamel and envelops the pulp within the tooth; the cementum is the hardened substance that covers the tooth roots. The bacteria in the mouth tends to collect around teeth into a substance known as plaque. If allowed to remain, the build of of plaque can spell disaster for your teeth and gums.

Preventing cavities from occurring means that you need to take care of your teeth by regularly brushing and flossing. It is recommended that you brush at least twice a day and preferably after ever meal. Flossing should be done daily. It is also of the utmost importance that you visit your dentist twice a year at your regular check-up.

Treating existing cavities will depend on the severity of the tooth decay. In some cases, fillings will be all that is needed for the cavities, while in other cases, you will need inlays, onlays, or Philadelphia dental crowns to deal with you dental problems.

If you would like to learn more about tooth decay and cavities as well as other dental care issues, be sure to contact our cosmetic dentistry office in Doylestown, PA. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions during a comprehensive consultation.

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