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What is a cavity, and how do you stop them from occurring? When your tooth enamel has been extensively damaged, so that a hole has developed in the inner parts of your tooth, we call it a cavity. If not addressed, cavities can cause infection or even tooth loss.

If you have a cavity, it’s time for a close examination of your dental health care habits. It is possible that the cavity was due to physical trauma to a tooth–but it is more likely caused by bacteria wearing away the tooth enamel.

Address your brushing and flossing habits. Are your techniques effective? If in doubt, speak with our team about efficient and effective brushing and flossing techniques. To start, always be sure to brush your teeth twice daily, and floss once daily. You should brush for 2 minutes each session, and floss for 2-3 minutes a day. These habits only take a total of 6-7 minutes. At the end of the day, they save a lot of time, pain, and money.

Evaluate your diet. Starchy, sticky, acidic and sugary foods can all impact your oral health negatively. Reduce any harmful substances that could be damaging your teeth, and your smile will thank you.

Another way to fight cavities is to schedule bi-annual professional cleanings at Richard Barton DDS. Dr. Richard Barton can ensure your teeth are being cleaned effectively, as well as provide professional cleaning to adequately support those at-home hygiene efforts.

If you are showing signs of cavities, come visit Richard Barton DDS in Henderson, Nevada for treatment today! We can restore your smile to its former glory. To schedule an appointment, call us at 702-456-1147. We will get your smile back to where you want it!