Cavities are holes that form when bacteria or acids attack weak or damaged tooth enamel. As the tooth decays further, infection and even tooth loss may occur.

Key takeaways:

  •  Good oral hygiene is necessary to prevent tooth decay, and means brushing teeth twice daily and flossing once a day.
  •  A healthy diet, low in sugary and acidic foods, can help prevent decay.
  •  A dentist can spot signs of decay early so regular check-ups are important.

It is possible to prevent tooth decay.

“With your dentist, proper oral hygiene, and a healthy diet, you’re well on your way to preventing tooth decay!”