Reports show that one in five Americans have untreated cavities. The reason behind this lies in the fact that many people are not aware that they indeed have a cavity.  When a cavity is left untreated, the result is often costly and painful dental work, and eventually, tooth loss. In today’s blog, our Moreno Valley dentists would like to share preventive measures to help you keep cavities from forming.

What is a Cavity?

A cavity is an empty space within a solid object. In this case, the object is your tooth.  In most cases, the cavity is not visible to the naked eye, especially early in its development. However, in some cases, a black spot may appear in the middle of your tooth. If you see a spot, or suspect you have a cavity, you should contact your Moreno Valley dentists. Cavities start out small, but can quickly begin to break down your tooth structure, without treatment.

How Do Cavities Form?

Cavities can form in any tooth that has been exposed to the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Other contributing factors include:

  • Poor dental hygiene: not brushing or flossing frequently
  • Little exposure to fluoride: weakened enamel is a sure way to form a cavity
  • Dry mouth: saliva helps wash away the bacteria that form cavities

How to Prevent Cavities?

Taking better care of your mouth as a whole will help prevent cavities. Practicing these positive health measures will not only help your mouth, but your entire body:

  • Brush and floss regularly: brush twice a day and floss once a day
  • Get proper amounts of fluoride: it helps keep the enamel strong; drink tap water when possible
  • Eat healthier foods: avoid sugars and acids as much as possible
  • Get bi-annual checkups: this helps your dentist catch problems early

Along with outside factors, your genetics may play a part in your cavities, as well. You can’t control your genes, but you can prevent them from ruining your perfect smile.

To learn more about how you can prevent cavities, visit one of our dentists at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley for a dental checkup or dental cleaning. Call (951) 697-6800 today to schedule your appointment.