Cavities refer to tooth decay, which occurs when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer, the dentin. This brief video explains how cavities are formed.
Cavity Repair and Control
For those with existing decay (mild to severe), the only remedy is to fill the cavity. Early detection and treatment will help prevent the decay from worsening. White restorations made from composite are very strong and look like natural teeth. Once the decay is removed and the teeth are filled, an ongoing program of cavity control maintenance is required to prevent further decay.
For those with borderline decay, cavities that have been restored, or xerostomia (dry mouth), cavity control is done through a maintenance program to reduce the risk of developing future decay.
Your dental professional can recommend a custom maintenance program of anti-cavity products, such as Carifree, and home care specific to your needs.
How Do I Prevent Cavities?
- Brush at least twice per day (click to watch video on proper tooth brushing technique)
- Floss daily (click to watch video on proper flossing technique)
- Chew a sugar-free gum with xylitol after eating sweets to help clean your teeth
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid frequent snacking and acidic and sweetened foods and beverages in between brushing
- Use an anti-cavity system like Carifree as directed by your dental professional