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Do you have questions about cavities? If so, our dentist, Dr. Tracy Jenkins, is more than happy to help you find the answers you need. The more you know about cavities, the better chance you have of keeping them away from your smile. So, he is happy to help you find the answers by giving you the answers to these commonly asked questions:

Q: What causes cavities?

A: The major culprit of cavities is plaque. Plaque is a white, sticky film that clings to the teeth and threatens them. Typically, plaque can be removed with a top-notch oral hygiene routine, but if it’s not removed regularly, it can start to promote cavity development.

Q: Can cavities get worse?

A: Yes, cavities can get worse by spreading to the inner layers of the tooth. The cavities can also spread to the surrounding teeth if left untreated.

Q: What treatments are available for cavities?

A: The treatment used depends on the severity of the cavity. If the cavity is minor, a filling can treat it. If the cavity is more dangerous, a dental crown can treat it. If the cavity is even more dangerous, a root canal treatment can treat it. If the cavity has destroyed the entire tooth, extraction is generally necessary.

If you have any questions that weren’t included in this blog or if you’re interested in knowing more about cavities in Idaho Falls, Idaho, please contact Discover Family Dental Idaho Falls today. All you need to do is dial 208-522-8061 and our dental team will be more than happy to help you.