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You may be under the impression that cavities only happen to people who never brush or floss their teeth. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Cavities can occur to healthy smiles, and we are here to tell you why.

If a tooth becomes fractured, possibly as a result of tooth grinding or chewing on a hard object, it becomes vulnerable to bacteria and harmful acid in your smile. While typically tooth enamel can block these elements, a crack in your teeth provides them direct access to the softer and more vulnerable dentin and tooth nerves underneath. The same situation applies to broken teeth and teeth whose gum tissue has receded enough to leave the tooth roots exposed. Any time bacteria and plaque have direct access to the vulnerable areas of a tooth, a cavity can develop even if the tooth is otherwise healthy.

If a cavity has formed, you will need to visit the dentist for treatment to restore your tooth. Depending on the extent of the cavity, Dr. Greg Atwood may recommend a dental filling or dental crown to repair and protect the tooth. Treatment for your smile is performed based on your unique needs and preferences to ensure you are satisfied with your new dental restoration.

For more information about how cavities can invade healthy teeth, we encourage you to contact Atwood Family Dental, at our dental office in Odessa, Texas. Call 432.337.6165 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Atwood!