Cavity Prevention: The Anatomy of a Cavity

Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, and Dr. John Micaletti would like you to know that the overwhelming majority of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had at least one cavity during their lifetimes, so it’s definitely worthwhile knowing what you can do to prevent them.

What is a cavity?

Cavities will form in your mouth when you fail to brush or floss away foods which get trapped on the teeth, because bacteria in your mouth works to convert these substances into acid. Within 20 minutes of having a meal, these substances can begin to form plaque, which is a sticky material that retains acid, and will immediately begin to eat away at teeth to create holes or cavities, which require intervention from Creekside Dental.

Defending against Plaque

There are two things that everyone should be doing to defend themselves against plaque attacks. First of all, brushing your teeth after meals should be considered your first line of defense, because this prevents the formation of plaque on the teeth. Flossing and rinsing should be part of your oral hygiene as well. The second line of defense would be to make sure to schedule appointments with your Buffalo Grove, IL dentist every six months, so that any developing issues can be promptly addressed. If you’re due for a cleaning, come by soon to keep those cavities at bay.

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