Cavities form when bacteria in your mouth convert carbohydrates into acid. This acid mixes with bacteria to form plaque on your teeth, which slowly eats away at your teeth’s enamel and speeds up decay.
It is estimated that 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least one cavity in their permanent teeth. Chances are that you have at least one cavity right now. As dire as this sounds, your San Bruno dentist can provide you the treatment that you need. If you only have a small cavity, just the decayed part of tooth will be smoothed and drilled away and the cavity will be filled. Larger cavities that affect the size and shape of the tooth may require a cap or a crown, and decay that has spread to a tooth’s pulp will require a root canal to remove the infected pulp.
Even though it seems like cavities are inevitable, you can prevent them from ever occurring by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. It is also recommended that you contact Dr. Dustin Lee and Simply Dentistry to have your teeth cleaned every six months.