A cavity is a tiny hole in your enamel formed by tooth decay, and if not treated properly, can lead to tooth infections or other oral health problems. When plaque bacteria break down sugars in your mouth, acids are excreted and form cavities. Because this bacteria prefers to feed on sugars, avoiding sugary and processed food is the first step that many dentists will inform you of to avoid cavities. However, having a healthy diet alone is not enough to prevent a cavity from forming or a cavity from expanding. A good dental hygiene is imperative for maintaining optimal oral health, and this consists of proper daily care of your teeth such as brushing and flossing, and visits to your dentist for teeth cleanings and checkups at least once every sixth months. If your cavities are not properly treated, the holes in your enamel can grow larger over time and may even destroy the whole tooth. At Chevy Chase Smiles, we will detect any destructive cavities and repair them in order to keep your gums and teeth in a healthy state! To fill any cavities or check for any potential cavities, please call our office: 301-664-9695 to schedule an appointment today!