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What are Cavities?

Cavities are tiny holes in the enamel of your teeth that can eventually lead to tooth infections and other serious oral health issues. Formed by tooth decay, cavities are made through the acidic excretions of bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria prefer to feed on simple carbohydrates and sugars, which is one reason to avoid eating processed and sugary food.

However, a healthy diet alone is not enough to prevent cavities. Adopting a good dental hygiene routine complete with two visits a year to the Washington Center for Dentistry for your regularly scheduled dental checkups is essential for maintaining optimal oral health.

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which occurs when food particles and bacteria are left on your teeth for too long a period of time. Plaque, a naturally occurring biofilm, begins to form within minutes of consuming most foods and beverages, and works to hold bacteria firmly to your teeth. Unless promptly removed after every meal and snack, plaque can quickly harden into tartar, which is nearly impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone.

To remove tartar and check for potential cavities, you will want to visit our Washington DC general dentists at least every six months. These preventive dental visits are essential in keeping teeth and gums clean, and providing swift treatment should cavities or other oral health issues occur.

Please contact the Washington Center for Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.