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Think you know all about cavities, huh? But have you ever really learned about them? You can fill your cavity knowledge with this post.

Dental cavities, which are sometimes referred to as dental caries or tooth decay, are spots where bacteria have eaten away at teeth and left gaps. When you don’t brush your teeth enough, bacteria from food chomp away at the protective layers of teeth: cementum, enamel and dentin. With the protective layers pierced, bacteria eat away at your teeth and leave holes that are often sensitive to touch, sugary substances, and heat.

Never fear: cavities are preventable if you practice good oral hygiene. One of the best ways to prevent cavities is by flossing and brushing your teeth twice daily. After bacteria are flushed from your gums and teeth, they won’t eat away at the defensive layers of your teeth. Another way to prevent cavity formation is to avoid an excess of sugary foods; oral bacteria create acid from sugar, so keep your intake low. And lastly, don’t forget to use fluoride! Fluoride is a chemical occurring substance that fights tooth erosion, and it can be found in your public water supply and most toothpastes.

At Fox River Periodontics, PC in Geneva, Illinois, we’re specialists in cavities, and we know just how to help you treat and prevent them. Please call us now at 630-232-7400 to schedule your next visit.