How to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Cavities

At Cedar Mountain Dental, Newington, CT area patients have access to a team of dental professionals with their best interests at heart. Patients who want to keep a smile healthy are encouraged to work directly with Drs. Zach Korwin and Gary Toubman. Our dentists can educate patients on the best ways to care for their smile. One way to ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth is to be proactive about dental care to reduce the risk of developing problems such as cavities.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a hole in a natural tooth enamel. It can be wide or deep, and is sometimes referred to as tooth decay or dental caries. This damage is often completely avoidable with proper oral health habits. Cavities can be treated, however, but the damage they leave behind is permanent.

How is a cavity treated?

Cavities are often treated with the use of dental fillings. Fillings help fill the hole left behind by the decay and to keep the decay from getting worse. In some cases, a tooth with a large filling may benefit from the addition of a dental crown over the tooth. The dental crown offers an extra layer of protection and strength that may be required to keep it from getting damaged further due to weakened enamel.

How can a patient reduce the risk of developing cavities?

Prevention is the key to avoiding the formation of cavities in the smile. Prevention includes a proactive approach to dental care. This includes brushing and flossing after every meal to remove food particles, plaque, and tartar that can contribute to not only cavities, but periodontal disease. Additionally, patients are encouraged to visit their dentist regularly, at least every six months, for a professional dental cleaning and an evaluation.

Call the practice today to learn about maintaining oral health and wellness

If you live in the Newington, CT area and are interested in learning more about maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile, we encourage you to book a consultation visit with Drs. Zach Korwin and Gary Toubman. The practice is located at 112 Market Square and can be reached at (860) 667-2600.