When patients visit the office for a routine hygiene examination, the biggest concern is always tooth decay and if cavities need to be treated. This is especially true of our very young patients who may have never experienced a cavity or gotten a filling. Cavities form when the dental enamel, the outer covering of the tooth, becomes damaged from decay. This can be caused for a variety of reasons and is easily treatable. However, there is a treatment that is beneficial in preventing cavities from developing. Read on to learn more about this simple, yet effective treatment.
Cavities can develop for a number of reasons. Genetics, poor dental hygiene practices, and even some diseases can cause this common dental condition. Tooth decay begins with little holes that slowly develop into larger holes. Left untreated, cavities can eventually affect other teeth or tissue. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities by filling in the hole to protect the tooth from further damage.