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If you have a cavity, you probably wonder how it happened. When bacteria and acid erode your tooth enamel to the point that there is a hole in your tooth, you have a cavity. If left untreated, cavities can cause infection or even tooth loss.

To be frank, it is very likely that your cavity was caused by a lapse in your oral health care habits. It may also have been caused by injury or trauma. If it was the former, getting a dental filling means you need to up your oral health care game. You can do it! Here’s how you start:

First, check your brushing and flossing habits and make sure they are effective. You want to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once daily. Brushing should take 2 minutes per session, and flossing 2-3 minutes. Speak with your dentist, Dr. Lance W. Huthwaite, about other proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Another effective method to use against cavities is to schedule consistent semiannual professional cleanings at Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC. During your appointment, we can ensure your teeth are being cleaned effectively at home, as well as provide a deep professional cleaning to really make your smile shine.

Finally, improve your diet. This will not only help you maintain a healthy overall lifestyle, but ensures that your teeth stay strong and beautiful. Eliminate any harmful substances that may be damaging your teeth. Your smile will thank you!

If you believe you may have a cavity or are ready for your six month dental checkup, you can schedule an appointment at Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC today by calling 770-536-8868. Dr. Lance W. Huthwaite and the rest of our team look forward to strengthening your smile.