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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.

If you do end up developing a cavity, our dentist, Dr. Olaitan Okediji-Registe, can repair it using a dental filling. Based on the cavity’s location and severity, she might recommend using different types of fillings, though the most commonly used is definitely composite resin fillings.

Fillings can’t fix all tooth decay, however. If the decay has damaged a large portion of your tooth, or you have tooth fracture, it might be best to repair the tooth with a dental crown instead. If the cavity has damaged the nerves, you may need root canal therapy to restore the tooth.

To learn more about your dental repair options, call Magnificent Mile Family Dental in Chicago, Illinois, today!