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You may already know that cavities and tooth decay are fairly serious problems. Similarly, you may be aware that it’s vital to get your cavities filled as soon as possible. However, do you know exactly what causes cavities to form or what you could do to prevent cavities?

As you may already know, you’ll need to floss and brush your teeth if you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you don’t do these simple things, the protective layer of your teeth—known as enamel—could weaken. Fortunately, if your tooth decay has only spread to your enamel, our dental team could help you treat the issue before it becomes too serious. If you have any discoloration on your teeth, decay could be affecting your enamel. However, if you notice different dark spots on your pearly whites, your decay may have spread throughout your mouth. If this happens, you may need a filling or another treatment to deal with your decay.

Tooth decay can also spread past your enamel. Sadly, if decay wears through your enamel, it can reach your dentin, which is the layer beneath your enamel. After getting through your dentin, decay could spread to the center of your pearly whites, which holds the tooth’s nerves and connective tissues. If decay reaches the center of your tooth and isn’t addressed, you could ultimately lose the afflicted tooth. Unfortunately, if decay reaches the center of your tooth, root canal therapy could be the only thing you can do to save your pearly whites.

To hear more about dealing with tooth decay in Diamond Bar, California, please contact Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 909-860-0321. Our dentists, Drs. Glassman and Nghiem, and our team will be happy to address any concerns you may have and offer you personalized advice. We’re eager to meet with you.