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Learn more about dental cavity prevention and treatment

Tooth decay, or cavities, can cause significant, permanent damage to the natural teeth. However, they are completely preventable! At Wahlen Dentistry in Perry, Utah, Drs. Jennifer Wahlen and John Torghele educate patients on caring for their smile to reduce or eliminate the risk of developing cavities!

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is a common condition that arises when bacteria in the mouth mix with sugar and other particles to create an acidic environment. This acid attacks the natural enamel of the teeth, leading to holes or cavities. Over time, these cavities can worsen and cause serious damage to the teeth and even lead to infections.

How does tooth decay occur?

Tooth decay most often occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene habits like not brushing and flossing teeth regularly. The bacteria in this plaque release acids that attack the natural enamel and surfaces of your teeth weakening them over time and eventually leading to cavities. Eating sugary foods also increases the risk of tooth decay as these sugars feed the bacteria in plaque and create an even more acidic environment.

What is the best dental cavity treatment?

In most cases, our dentists at Wahlen Dentistry will recommend fillings to treat tooth decay.

How can tooth decay be prevented?

The best way to prevent cavities is to practice proper oral hygiene habits at home between visits, like brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily. Limiting sugary foods and drinks also helps prevent dental cavities. Regular dental check-ups are vital as they allow our dentists to detect issues early on before they worsen. Early detection and treatment can keep cavities from leading to infection and other issues that may require permanent extraction of the natural teeth.

Call Wahlen Dentistry to learn more about caring for your smile!

Our office strives to educate our patients on properly caring for their smiles to avoid cavities or other issues.

Call (435) 246-4602 to request a visit at the office, conveniently located at 2480 South Highway 89 #A, serving patients in Perry, Brigham City, Willard, and Ogden, UT.

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