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Cavities are small holes in the tooth enamel that damage the tooth as well as the inner layers if left untreated. Cavities are also known as tooth decay and they are one of the most serious dental issues in the world today. If you have questions about cavities, our dentist, Dr. Paul Takemoto, is more than happy to give you the answers you’re looking for by providing the answers to these commonly asked questions:

Q: What causes cavities?

A: The biggest culprit of cavities is dental plaque. Plaque is a sticky deposit that clings to the surfaces on and between the teeth. If it’s not removed on a regular basis, it can attack the enamel, wear it down and damage it, creating the cavity.

Q: Can cavities get worse?

A: Cavities can get worse. In fact, if you ignore them, they can infect the outer surfaces as well as the inner surfaces of the tooth. They can also spread to affect the surrounding teeth.

Q: What treatments are available for cavities?

A: There are many treatments available (like fillings, crowns, root canal treatment and extraction), and each treatment is used at a certain stage of the cavity growth.

To learn more about cavities in Moorpark, California, contact Moorpark Smiles Dental at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 805-553-1980 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!