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Interesting Facts about Tooth Cavities

December 17, 2021
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Posted By: Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA Team
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When it comes to tooth decay, the primary culprits are poor oral hygiene and lack of dental care.

Brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your Wilmington, DE dentist every six months for exams and teeth cleanings is vital. These healthy habits can mean the difference between preventable oral health conditions and a lifelong healthy smile.

Most patients know that cavities are areas of decay on a tooth, but let’s explore a few facts about tooth decay that you may not know.

#1 A Dental Cavity Will Not Go Away

Tooth decay, once it develops, is there to stay. Even if you brush the cavity ten times each day, it will not spontaneously heal. Instead, the decay will continue to spread until you’re left with a severe toothache or in need of extraction.

#2 People of All Ages Get Tooth Decay

It’s true! Cavities can occur in people of all ages—from toddlers to senior adults. Ideally, as we age and better understand dental care and its importance, we see fewer cavities due to better judgment and healthier habits.

#3 You Can’t Always See a Cavity

If you’re smiling into the mirror and congratulating yourself on no brown spots, this may be premature. Cavities change color and are not always visible to the naked eye. Some occur behind teeth and even in between.

#4 Dental Sealants and Teeth Cleanings Lower Your Cavity Risks

Besides professional teeth cleanings to lower your cavity risks, we can also provide a dental sealant if you’re particularly prone to decay. A dental sealant helps lock debris and cavity-causing ingredients away from your tooth’s enamel.

For More Information about Dental Cavity Treatment in Wilmington, DE, Give Us a Call

Untreated cavities can lead to root infections, tooth breakage, and the need for extraction. So if it’s time for your checkup and teeth cleaning or if you have a toothache, contact our dental office as soon as possible.

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