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Do you have a cavity and wonder how it happened? A cavity occurs when your tooth enamel has been eroded to the point that a hole has developed in the inner parts of your tooth. If left unchecked, cavities can cause infection or even tooth loss.

If you have a cavity, in all likelihood it has been caused by a lapse in your oral health care habits. It may also be possible that the cavity was due to physical trauma to a tooth, such as a crack or a break.

Treating a cavity means you need to up your oral health care game. You can do it! Here are some tips to get started.

The first thing you need to do is check your brushing and flossing habits and make sure they are effective. Always be sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once daily. Brushing should take 2 minutes per session, and flossing 2-3 minutes, making sure to go around every tooth. Speak with your dentist about other proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Another effective method to use against cavities is to schedule bi-annual professional cleanings at Rodem Tree Dental. Your dentist can ensure your teeth are being cleaned effectively at home, as well as provide professional cleaning to really make your smile shine.

Improve your diet. It not only helps maintain a healthy overall lifestyle, but it helps your teeth stay strong and pleasant. Also, remove any harmful substances that could be damaging your teeth, and your smile will thank you.

If you are showing signs of cavities, schedule an appointment at Rodem Tree Dental for treatment today by calling 972-475-2321. Dr. Ellen Nam and the rest of our team look forward to taking your smile into the future!