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The best-in-every-way method to treat a cavity is to not get one in the first place. Here are some things to understand about how not to get a cavity.

To know how to prevent cavities, it is first important to understand how cavities form. Cavities are spots of the tooth enamel that have eroded to form a hole, exposing the soft tissues underneath. This erosion in the enamel allows those tissues to be easily damaged, which can eventually lead to tooth decay or even tooth death. This means that it is very important to prevent or treat cavities as much as possible.

The wearing away of enamel occurs because of bacteria that reside in your mouth. These bacteria feed off of sugars and simple carbs, and produce an acidic byproduct that erodes the enamel of your teeth. This is why it is so important to brush and floss your teeth– these habits remove the food debris the bacteria feed off of, kill the bacteria, and neutralize the acidic by-product that causes tooth decay.

Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Floss once a day. It is worth taking 2-3 minutes to remove all food particles, plaque, and debris from between your teeth. Talk to your dentist about adding on an over-the-counter mouthwash to help destroy bacteria. These basic habits will help prevent tooth decay.
For more information on how to take care of your teeth, contact Texas Teeth at 972-270-2062. If you are in the Mesquite, Texas area, be sure to call us for an appointment! Dr. Scharla Collins and our team will be happy to see you!