What Is A Cavity?

Taking care of your teeth is a very important part of your overall health care plan for your body.  Your teeth are very useful and are needed to chew and eat your food.  They also make a huge difference in the way you look, thus affecting your self confidence.  When you are small, you grow in some baby teeth that last until you are about 6 to 8 years old.  Then these teeth start to fall out and permanent teeth grow in.  Once these permanent teeth grow in, they are the final teeth you will get throughout your whole life.  Therefore, it is so important to take care of these permanent teeth so they don’t decay or have other problems and have to be removed.  Daily oral hygiene such as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing your teeth once a day are a good way to protect them.  You will also want to visit a dentist Port Huron, MI about every 6 months so that you can have the dentist check your teeth, gums, jaw and neck and make sure everything is growing and developing properly.  At this 6 month checkup you can also have your teeth cleaned and polished by a specialist called a dental hygienist.  When the dentist checks your teeth with a visual examination and some x-rays to see the inside of your teeth, they might see a cavity that needs to be fixed.  Let’s take a look at what a cavity is and how it works.

A cavity grows in your tooth when your tooth starts to decay from bacteria that attack it.  This decay breaks down your tooth.  If not taken care of and removed by a dentist Port Huron, MI, this cavity or decay grows bigger and bigger making a bigger and bigger hole in your tooth.  This decay occurs when the bacteria that is in your mouth, which everybody naturally has, makes acids and then eats away at the enamel or outer layer of your teeth.  When plaque clings to your teeth, this causes this reaction to take place.  After a while, the acids continue to attack your tooth and then get to the inside parts of your tooth.  This is when the decay starts.  If the cavity reaches way inside the tooth where the nerve endings are, it can cause a tooth ache.

Visiting a dentist Port Huron, MI can help prevent cavities from forming on your teeth.  And, if you do develop a cavity, the dentist can get it out and fill it with another tooth-like substance and protect the rest of your tooth.

About the Author
Dentist Port Huron MI – Cosmetic Dentist Dr. John M. Tomiuk of Port Huron MI practices a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry with expertise ranging from porcelain veneers to dental implants, crowns and bridges.

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