The Facts About the 5 Stages of Cavities

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You probably know that that there are several steps you should take to keep your pearly whites healthy and strong. Generally, you’ll need to floss and brush to avoid cavities, but do you know how cavities actually form on your teeth? Finally, would you be interested to hear that there are some solutions you can try to reverse these cavities?

Eating causes plaque to form on your pearly whites. If you don’t get rid of plaque—typically by flossing and brushing—it might harden into tartar. Once tartar forms, your enamel can be negatively impacted. As you may know, your enamel is the protective layer of your teeth. If white spots form on your enamel, a cavity might be forming. Luckily, if you visit a dentist during this early stage of tooth decay, we may be able to reverse your decay before it becomes too severe. If the decay isn’t addressed at this early stage, it may need to be treated with a filling.

Sadly, once decay wears through your tooth’s enamel, it could move to the next layer of your teeth—which is typically referred to as dentin. Sadly, your tooth decay can continue to wear away at your teeth until it affects the center. Once this happens, you may need to have root canal therapy. If you choose to not to treat your tooth with root canal therapy, your tooth might eventually die.

Again, keeping your pearly whites healthy and strong should be enough to help you prevent cavities. Still, if you would like to learn more about dealing with a cavity, about the stages of tooth decay in Modesto, California, or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Drs. Gill and Gill, please give Pelandale Dental Care a call at 209-545-9489. We’re excited to receive your call.