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Cavities are tooth decay that chews a hole in your tooth enamel, the outer layer of your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss consistently, a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, can form on your teeth. These bacteria make acid that eats at your teeth from the sugars you eat.

There are many things you can do to help prevent tooth decay. Thoroughly brush your teeth two times a day. Use floss or a water flosser to clean between your teeth. Avoid eating refined sugar and eat balanced and nutritional meals. Just be aware that sometimes a cavity will still slip through.

In the event that you develop one, Dr. Prachi Deore, our dentist, can fill it and repair the tooth with a dental filling. She might recommend different filling materials depending on where the cavity is and how severe it is. Resin composite is the most often used.

However, if the tooth decay is large, damages the nerves of the tooth, or if the tooth has a fracture, a filling won’t be enough. A dental crown is best for large areas of decay or minor fractures. If the nerve is damaged, a root canal may be necessary.

To learn more about your dental repair options, call Coppell Smiles in Coppell, Texas, today!