Cavities can happen to anyone at any age. Cavities are small holes that slowly develop in the teeth because of tooth decay. Tooth decay usually happens gradually over a period of time. Acids formed by plaque eat away at the hard part of the tooth. Sometimes the tooth can use minerals in saliva to rebuild itself. A cavity forms when the damage caused by acids is more than the tooth can repair.
A filling is the most common way to repair a tooth that has been compromised with decay or a cavity. It is also often the best solution to restoring functionality and aesthetics to teeth that are chipped or broken.
In addition to regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings from 1st Choice Dental, good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, can help prevent cavities. To schedule a check-up to ensure you do not have any cavities, please call 1st Choice Dental at 708-419-0000.