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Here, Dr. Paul Takemoto and our team address the most popular FAQs about cavities:

What are cavities?
When the protective outer layer of a tooth (also known as tooth enamel) develops a hole, this is known as a cavity, dental cary, or tooth decay.

How does a cavity develop?
When you eat, the sugars in the food mingle with the bacteria in your smile to produce acids that attack the tooth enamel. If not removed, bacteria also gathers on the teeth to form plaque, which further weakens tooth enamel.

What raises my risk of tooth decay?
You may be at a greater risk of cavities if you eat a lot of sugary food, don’t practice good oral hygiene, or have dry mouth.

What are some problems associated with cavities?
Cavities can result in tooth abscess if they are left untreated and allowed to spread to the inner structure of the teeth. Extensive tooth decay can also lead to tooth extraction.

How are cavities detected?
Our dentist uses special dental tool to probe your teeth for soft spots that could indicate cavities. We also use dental X-rays reveal cavities in the teeth.

How is a cavity treated?
If the cavity hasn’t reached the inner tooth and is still in the early stages, you may be able to reverse the condition through good oral hygiene. A fully developed cavity will need to be removed by our dentist and the remaining tooth restored with a dental filling or crown.

How can I prevent cavities?
It’s important that you practice daily healthy habits such as excellent oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and visiting the dentist regularly for dental cleanings. We also recommend using mouthwash, asking your dentist about dental sealants, and consuming fluoridated water.

For more information about dental cavities in Moorpark, California, call 805-553-1980 to speak with a member of our team.