What You Should Know About Cavities and How to Prevent Them

Cavity Care From an Experienced Dentist

As a dentist with 25 years of experience, Dr. Fredericks has seen and repaired hundreds of cavities. Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are common dental issues that can affect people of all ages. When left untreated, cavities can lead to tooth loss and other serious dental problems. Here’s what you need to know about cavities, how to prevent them, and how we can help at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills.

What Are Cavities?

Cavities are small holes that form in the teeth when bacteria in the mouth combine with sugars and starches to form plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that accumulates on the teeth that leads to tooth decay. If plaque isn’t removed through brushing and flossing, it can eventually form a cavity. Cavities can occur anywhere on the tooth, including on the surface of the tooth, in between teeth, and on the root of the tooth.

What Are the Symptoms of Cavities?

The symptoms of cavities can vary depending on the severity of the decay. Some common symptoms include:

  • Toothaches
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, 
  • A visible hole in the tooth,
  • Pain when biting down.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, visit the dentist. The earlier a cavity is detected, the easier it’s to repair.

young woman looking at her smile at the dentist's office

Are Kids More Prone to Cavities?

Yes, kids are more prone to cavities than adults due to their developing teeth and their tendency to consume sugary snacks and drinks. It’s important to teach kids the importance of good oral hygiene from an early age and to limit their intake of sugary foods and drinks. Kids’ are also more prone to cavities between the teeth, as these areas can be difficult for kids to clean effectively.

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

There are several steps you can take to prevent cavities:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. 
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth. 
  • Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Regular cleanings and exams allow your dentist to identify and treat potential problems.

At Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills, we’re dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy teeth. Our team, led by Dr. Susan Fredericks, is skilled in the prevention and treatment of cavities. We offer various preventive care services, including fluoride treatments and sealants, to help protect your teeth from decay. We also offer restorative treatments, like dental fillings and crowns, to repair cavities and restore the health of your teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cavities

Repair Your Cavities at Southern Cal Smiles

If you’re concerned about cavities or are experiencing symptoms like tooth decay, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills. Our team is here to help you maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for life.