What Causes Cavities?
Tooth decay is damage to a tooth that can happen when harmful bacteria in your mouth make acids that attack the tooth enamel. This can lead to a small hole in a tooth, called a cavity. More severe decay can cause a large hole or even destruction of the entire tooth. If tooth decay is not treated, it can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss.
If Dr. Benaissa finds traces of decay, our Newton dental office can help with services like mercury-free fillings
Today’s filling materials have been substantially improved. You don’t have to be treated with unsightly silver amalgam. Today’s preferred options for tooth restoration are mercury free, composite fillings. These “white fillings” are made of durable resin and porcelain materials that are bonded to your teeth. The technology behind these new materials allows them to bond to the tooth structure, actually strengthening the tooth.
How to Prevent Cavities
You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
- brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- flossing daily
- eating a balanced diet
- visiting the dentist regularly