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What are cavities?

iStock 171346274 1 You may be told by your dentist that you need to brush and floss to avoid the development of cavities. But what exactly are cavities? How are they prevented, and when do they need treatment? Dr. John Pappas and his team at Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, AZ can assist individuals in learning more about the ways in which they can keep their smile healthy for many years to come! 

What is a cavity? 

Dr. John Pappas explains the cavity as an area of decay that forms on the surface of the tooth. Decay are tiny holes that are created and can lead to a series of issues including infections of the teeth. The decay itself is caused by bacteria that lives in the mouth and becomes acidic, wearing away at natural tooth enamel and becoming a serious problem for many. 

How do I prevent cavities? 

Preventing cavities requires a proactive approach to oral health and wellness. This means visiting the dentist as recommended, often twice a year, for a thorough cleaning and evaluation. Patients will also want to pay close attention to the foods they eat, as some foods and beverages can put an individual at risk of developing cavities. These include sugars and carbohydrates, which bacteria can feed off of and begin to cause holes in the natural tooth enamel. This is due to the formation of plaque, which is a film that can cover the teeth and is easily removed with brushing. Patients will also want to ask their dentist about any extra steps they can take for cavity prevention, such as special toothbrushes or mouthwashes that can help fight biofilm and bacteria. These are just a few of the steps patients can take to keep their smiles healthy and free from cavities. 

Undergo an evaluation today 

If you are concerned about cavities, or have questions about maintaining your oral health, connect with the team at Arcadia Dental Arts. Dr. John Pappas and his staff in Phoenix, AZ understand that patients may have questions about tooth decay and periodontal disease. Call (602) 957-9643 to request a visit at 4124 North 40th Street.

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