A Guide to Cavity Prevention

Imagine this – you have come to see Norman dentist Dr. Audrey for a cleaning and routine checkup. The cleaning goes well, but then Dr. Audrey tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong, since you have been brushing and flossing regularly.

At Proud to Serve Family Dentistry, we see this happen every day and we want to put your mind at ease. Cavities are very common and usually a simple fix. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them.

Cavities: The Basics

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is a byproduct of too much plaque. Here’s how it works: every day, our saliva breaks down the food we eat into bacteria and then into acid, which mixes with the saliva and forms the nuisance commonly referred to as plaque.

Remarkably, it only takes 20 minutes for plaque to form on your teeth after eating. Plaque is corrosive to the outer layer of your teeth (enamel). If plaque is left to its own devices, it will likely result in tooth decay, which literally causes decay in the structure of your teeth. Both enamel and dentin (the layer beneath enamel) may be damaged during this process, and a cavity can often form as a result.

How to Prevent Cavities

Now that you know the cavity’s life story, it’s time to find out how to keep your teeth protected! First of all, it’s important to understand that the majority of people will get at least one cavity in their lifetime, and although cavities most often affect children, it is possible for people of all ages to get them at any time.How do you prevent them? Dr. Audrey recommends these tips:

  • Brush and floss at least twice a day, every day, especially after eating sugary or starchy foods! These foods transform into cavity-forming acid with ease.
  • Mouthwash/rinses and fluoridated pastes (such as Carifree®) help your teeth stay protected.
  • Watch for common warning signs- tooth pains or aches, particularly when caused by foods/beverages that are cold, hot, and/or sweet.
  • Come see us at Proud to Serve Family Dentistry for your cleanings and check-ups. We are experts at stopping cavities in their tracks and we love to see confident Norman smiles.

If you still fear cavities, that’s OK. We just want you to know that they are quite common and you should never be embarrassed or ashamed about having one. That being said, it is not a good idea to ignore them. Eventually, cavities can cause tooth discoloration and even lead to actual holes in your teeth.

Don’t fret! Your Norman dentist office is equipped with modern X-ray and laser technology capable of detecting cavities early. Please feel free to contact us at Proud to Serve Family Dentistry with questions any time and make sure to come in regularly for your check-ups. Schedule an appointment today!

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Testimonials

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Stacey S.

I highly recommend Dr. Audrey! I've had to have 3 amalgam fillings and a root canal tooth removed in the last few months. I chose her because she's SMART certified with the IAOMT, she's a holistic dentist and her great reviews. Her office is clean and the staff is super friendly. I've seen my health improve since having the amalgams removed - the numbing/tingling in my face is almost completely gone and now I'm able to continue with my heavy metal detox safely!

Janae M.

Dr. Audrey is great! After taking my kids to several other dentists who were horrible, it is so nice to go to a dentist I can trust. She is open to more natural health choices, which is a huge plus. Also, she doesn't push unnecessary procedures just to make more money, like most other dentists. Having a trust-worthy dentist is so valuable, especially when you are dealing with dental issues. The staff and hygienists are also very friendly and do great work. I highly recommend them!

Greg H.

Dr. May-Jones Is an excellent dentist. During my most recent appointment she was breaking in a new assistant and not only was her work great but she was kind and patient to her staff. I have seen the other side of that coin and, especially in today’s environment, I appreciate her attitude along with her work.

Penny M.

I have been coming to see this dentist for almost a year. I have stayed because she is good and you can tell she cares for her patients. She also provides quality care which shows in her work. The staff are friendly, too. I recommend coming to see her!!

Karri B.

Dr. May-Jones is friendly and so incredibly knowledgeable. She is also very affordable. She has a true interest in helping people, not just chasing a dollar. Very happy with my care!

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