Ask Drs. Graber and Aadland: What are cavities and how are they formed?

Sioux Falls dentists Drs. Graber and Aadland know one word nobody wants to hear when they visit The Dental Comfort Center is "cavity." But what exactly is a cavity and how do you get one?

A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.

A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and - yikes! - a hole is formed.

Yes, cavities can be repaired by Drs. Graber and Aadland, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities at home:

• Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
• Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (use soft bristles)
• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach
• Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink
• Be sure to visit the Dental Comfort Center every six months for a check-up (or as recommended by our office)

Be sure to give us a call at (605) 339-1369 for more information about cavities or your oral health! Enjoy your weekend!

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