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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day. Along with flossing at least once each day, this daily oral hygiene routine will significantly improve your chances of maintaining a healthy mouth.

If you’re inconsistent with your daily brushing and flossing, plaque acids and hardened tartar can start to build up in your mouth. When acids build up in the grooves of your tooth, they can break down the hard outer layer of the tooth (tooth enamel) and create a cavity. These cavities, or dental caries, can quickly grow in size and cause sensitivity or even a tooth fracture. They sometimes absorb stains from the foods you eat, but sometimes the cavity is very small from the outside while it grows underneath the shell of a healthy-looking tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms with one of your teeth, you need to seek further diagnosis from a professional dentist like Dr. Nattiv. After a thorough examination, she will explain the treatment needed to restore the health of the tooth.

This often calls for our team to repair the tooth with a composite resin dental filling. In a case where the area of tooth decay is large, Dr. Nattiv might advocate restoring the entire tooth with a dental crown. If you are in the Beverly Hills, CA, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 310-278-8005 to have it diagnosed and treated at Polished Dental today.