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If you neglect your oral hygiene, it can eventually result in tooth decay called a cavity. These cavities form when a film of bacteria called plaque eats some of the sugar you eat and makes acid that eats away at your tooth enamel.

There are many things you can do to help prevent tooth decay. Thoroughly brush your teeth two times a day. Use floss or a water flosser to clean between your teeth. Avoid eating refined sugar and eat balanced and nutritional meals. Just be aware that sometimes a cavity will still slip through.

In the event that you develop one, Dr. James C. Ma, our dentist, can fill it and repair the tooth with a dental filling. He might recommend different filling materials depending on where the cavity is and how severe it is. Resin composite is the most often used.

However, if the tooth decay is large, damages the nerves of the tooth, or if the tooth has a fracture, a filling won’t be enough. A dental crown is best for large areas of decay or minor fractures. If the nerve is damaged, a root canal may be necessary.

To learn more about your dental repair options, call James C. Ma in Bakersfield, California, today!