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You probably know that there are a quite a few things you can try to keep your teeth strong. As a general rule, you’ll need to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis to avoid cavities, but have you heard how cavities actually form? Finally, would you be surprised to learn that there are a number of things you could do to help reverse your cavities?

When you eat, plaque forms on your smile. If this isn’t removed quickly—simply by brushing and flossing consistently—it could eventually harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, your enamel could be damaged. This is problematic because your enamel is the outer layer of your teeth. If you see any white spots forming on your enamel, a cavity may be forming. Luckily, if you visit our dentists during this stage of tooth decay development, we’ll be able to help stop your decay from spreading further. If the issue isn’t treated at this stage, your cavity will need to be filled. If you notice any dark spots on your pearly whites, you may have this stage of decay.

Unfortunately, if the tooth decay has broken through your enamel, it can spread to the next layer of your pearly whites, known as dentin. As you may already be aware, your decay can continue to spread if untreated. In fact, your decay can actually spread to the center of your tooth. Once this happens, root canal therapy may be needed to save your tooth. Sadly, if you choose to avoid root canal therapy, your tooth may eventually die. If this happens, you’ll probably need a tooth extraction.

Again, keeping your pearly whites clean will help you protect against and prevent tooth decay in all its stages. If you’re interested in hearing more about dealing with a cavity in Turlock, California, or in setting up an appointment with our dentists, Drs. Gill and Gill, please feel free to give Monte Vista Dental a call at 209.669.6500.