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You probably know that it’s important to visit your dentist once every six months, but do you know what you should do if you have a cavity? In reality, you probably know that you should have it filled—but do you know how important having a cavity filled actually is? Unfortunately, many people hesitate to have a cavity filled because they are worried about price or about the discomfort they’ll feel.

You see, cavities are formed by tooth decay and erosion over time. Typically, this decay is the result of bad bacteria in your mouth eating away at your dentin and enamel, which are the outer layers of your teeth. Fortunately, by brushing and flossing, you can remove this harmful bacteria before it causes serious problems. As you probably know, this is one reason daily oral care is so important to the health of your mouth.

As you probably know, problems with cavities usually start when you neglect brushing and flossing. However, did you know that you won’t be able to reverse the damage caused by a cavity after it’s formed, even with brushing and flossing? Fortunately, you can choose to have a filling placed, which will restore the functionality of your tooth and stop decay from spreading further.

Fortunately, having cavities filled is relatively painless, especially if you fill the crown as soon as it appears. Similarly, most insurances will pay to fill a cavity, while some won’t pay for more expensive treatments that may be necessary if a cavity isn’t filled quickly enough.

If you are worried that you have a cavity, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Ernesto Prida for a checkup. Our team, will assess your mouth and develop a plan to help you address any issues. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please contact A Plus Smiles at phone. We’re eager to receive your call.