• Dental caries / Cavities is a medical term for tooth decay. It is caused by acid erosion of tooth enamel and the bacteria (along w/ saliva, food particles & other natural substances ) that accumulates in the surfaces of teeth in a sticky film called “ plaque”.
• Caries can be prevented by reducing the amount of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. The best way to do it is by daily brushing & flossing and professional dental cleaning twice a year. In children, sealants can be applied to newly emerge molar teeth.
• The standard treatment for caries is to fill the tooth with composite restorations to prevent further destruction of teeth.