Getting to Know Cavities Better


More people experience cavities in their lives than any other dental health issue. Yet, even if you’ve had one, there is much information about the condition that you might not realize. For instance, even if you’ve had your cavity treated, your teeth are still at risk of developing more. Also, if the tooth that has been treated becomes decayed again, then a filling might be enough to save it the next time. Today, we help you get to know cavities better so you can be more successful in protecting your smile from them.

What really causes them?

Most people recognize cavities as a product of eating too much sugar, but sugar isn’t the driving force behind their development. In fact, sugar is only one of many things that feed harmful oral bacteria found in dental plaque. These bacteria turn these substances into harmful acids that deplete your teeth of minerals, leaving their enamel weak and easy for harmful bacteria to bypass.

Are all cavities treated with fillings?

When bacteria infect your main tooth structure, they lead to a cavity in your tooth that grows larger as the infection spreads. Usually, your dentist can fill this cavity with a biocompatible tooth filling. However, more severe cases of tooth decay may require more extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy.

How can I prevent cavities?

Because oral bacteria are their main cause, preventing cavities relies on controlling the population of oral bacteria in your mouth at any given time. This means brushing and flossing bacteria-rich plaque off of your teeth at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings. Also, avoid snacking too often (especially on sugar) to limit how many enamel-eroding substances oral bacteria can produce.

Find How to Prevent or Treat Cavities

To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.