No one enjoys a cavity. But what can we do to avoid tooth decay? Despite the fact that dental caries are so widespread, they are surprisingly preventable. Many people are unaware that a few simple steps can help you avoid the onset of dental cavities. With the right information, you can enjoy a healthier smile and enjoy a reduced risk of developing dental caries.

Cavity Prevention Quiz

  1. True or False: A variety of factors can lead to cavities.
  2. True or False: A toothache can often be a warning sign.
  3. True or False: By brushing and flossing, you can help avoid dental caries.
  4. True or False: You should avoid sodas and other drinks high in sugar.

Answer Key

  1. True. Our outer layer of tooth enamel protects the teeth from tooth decay. However, should the enamel become compromised, bacteria can reach the layers of dentin below. A cavity can then from, spreading unless the tooth receives treatment. Damaged enamel can occur as a result poor oral hygiene or cracks/chips in the tooth surface.
  2. True. Patients with untreated decay may encounter chronic toothaches or tooth sensitivity, often to hot or cold temperatures. If you have tooth pain that lasts for more than 48 hours, then you need to have a diagnosis performed right away by a dental professional.
  3. True. One of the simplest ways to protect your teeth is with simple oral hygiene. You should make it a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day, everyday. You also need to floss your teeth once a day at the minimum. By doing this, you cleanse the mouth of harmful bacteria and stray food particles, reducing the risk of cavities.
  4. True. By consuming drinks high in sugar and/or a high acid content (soda, energy drinks, sports drinks) you boost your chances of a cavity forming. Instead, try to drink more water.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.