Teeth: Cavities

You’re Always at Risk for Cavities

Cavities aren’t just for kids. Adults also get cavities. As part of her commitment to your total dental health, Dr. Harris will not only address your tooth problems — like cavities — she’ll also help you understand your risks for future issues, so you can play an important role in prevention as well.

While some of the risk factors for cavities are the same for children and adults — like eating sugars and poor dental hygiene — adults can be susceptible to cavities for a variety of additional reasons, including:

  • Receeding gums
  • Lack of fluoride as a child — which is common for many older adults
  • Periodontal disease, also called gum disease
  • Weak fillings
  • Poor diet
  • Not using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Not maintaining a regular schedule of professional dental exams and cleanings
  • Dry mouth
  • Medication use

A cavity is actually a spot of decay in the layers of your teeth. Think of it as a little hole in your tooth. To keep your tooth healthy that hole must be fixed, or it will grow. The most common way to fix a cavity is with a filling.

So what’s involved? After numbing the area — the tooth and the area around it — Dr. Harris will remove the cavity with a drill, clean the area, and “fill” the area that was taken away.

Today there are several types of fillings to choose from: porcelain, gold, silver amalgam, plastic, tooth-colored, and resin.

We’ll help you decide which filling is right for you, based on:

  • Size of the area
  • Where your tooth is, and how visible it is
  • Your personal goals and preferences
  • Your lifestyle
  • Durability of the filling material
  • Your insurance
  • Total costs

No matter your age, no one wants to hear they have a cavity. Join Dr. Harris as a partner in your dental health and find out what you can do to help keep your mouth healthy and happy every day.

Featured Testimonial

Everyone was wonderful and instantly made me feel welcome and comfortable. Kelly was great, explaining everything she was doing and why. And Dr. Harris also made me feel confident that I, indeed, made the correct choice when choosing her practice. Linda, the receptionist, also was friendly and warm from the moment I stepped into the office. Everyone in the practice emphasizes the patient’s comfort and they go out of their way to reduce anxiety and relieve patient stress. I’m so glad that my husband and I found Dr. Harris and we both highly recommend her and her staff to anyone who is looking for a dental practice with lots of TLC.

- Mosely