Dental Cavity Treatment

What are dental cavities?

A cavity is a hole in the tooth that is caused when bacteria found in plaque consumes sugars of the food we eat. As a result, these bacteria produce acids that destroy tooth enamel. The best way to prevent cavities (tooth decay) is brushing twice a day with ADA approved fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and going to your regular dental check ups.

However, certain patients are more prone to developing cavities due to imbalances in their oral environments. New research on cavities and what causes them has shown that acidic oral environments combined with a high amount of cavity-causing bacteria creates the perfect storm for dental decay. Patients who fall into this category may develop dental decay, even with good oral hygiene habits!

Caries risk assessment is a diagnostic method we use to identify these issues before irreversible damage has occurred. By assessing the balance between risk factors for the disease and protective factors keeping you healthy, we can greatly reduce patients’ risk for developing future cavities.

What are the benefits of dental cavity treatments?

Have you heard any of these myths about cavities?

  • “Maybe you just have soft teeth”
  • “Sugar is the cause of cavities”
  • “Just brushing and flossing will prevent cavities”
  • “Fillings will stop the decay process”
  • "You can’t catch a cavity from someone else”
While some of these are partially based on fact, some simply aren’t true. Dental research shows that cavities are caused by a bacterial infection and imbalance known as caries disease. This imbalance occurs when the risk factors for disease outweigh the protective factors for health.

Recently we have implemented CAMBRA, which is a detailed saliva analysis determine the extent of bacterial infection and acid imbalances in the oral environment. By understanding what causes an imbalance of the oral environment and making adjustments, caries disease can be controlled and your cavities can either be reduced or eliminated. This will lead you to save on dental expenses as well as maintain a healthy smile.

We would love to hear from you

Hours: Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm | Office: (805) 643-7516​