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Tooth Decay or Cavities
Guard Teeth from Cavities Every Day
Sealants—plastic coatings that help guard teeth from cavities—play a big part in keeping your teeth healthy
Beware of Tooth Decay
When we eat a lot of sugary foods, common oral bacteria secrete acids that can dissolve tooth enamel and cause cavities. Make sure to offer your children healthier snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables.
Tooth Decay: How It Progresses
Tooth decay originates in plaque, the sticky bacteria-laden film that collects on your teeth between brushings.
How Your Dentist Diagnoses Tooth Decay
Although any tooth surface is susceptible to decay, the most vulnerable spots are the uneven or hard-to-reach areas where bacteria can take refuge.
Treatment for First-Stage Tooth Decay
If the start of a cavity is caught early enough—while it’s still an area of demineralization or a “white spot”—the tooth may be able to repair itself.
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