Tooth decay and cavities are an unfortunate dental problem especially prevalent among children and adolescents, but also affecting adults. Cavities are caused by plaque that covers the teeth. Sugar and starches activate the bacteria in plaque causing it to attack and erode the tooth enamel. The tooth enamel can continue to break down causing a cavity to form.
How to prevent cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (if over the age of 2)
- Floss daily – cavities can also form between teeth
- Have a healthy diet and limit snacks
- Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams
If you already have cavities or if your teeth are showing signs of decay, we offer a range of dental services to provide stability and protection to affected teeth. Cosmetic fillings, fillings that are tooth-colored, are frequently used to treat teeth with early stages of tooth decay. Other options are inlays, onlays and dental crowns. The best dentistry is always preventive, but at the British Dental Clinic we use our skill and artistry to perform the most conservative treatment necessary for each patient.
Cavities don’t just affect children – adult teeth may be affected by tooth decay. Contact us to be screened for cavities and tooth decay and find out what treatment options are available to you.