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Brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as making a conscious effort to thoroughly floss your teeth at least once per day represents the foundation of an effective oral hygiene routine. When done consistently these practices will remove the majority of food particles, plaque and bacterial deposits from your mouth.

When the bacteria in your mouth reacts with the sugar or starch in your diet, it can produce acids that create cavities. If left untreated, plaque can lead to gum disease. This can significantly increase your chances of suffering from periodontal disease and tooth decay.

If you notice a problem with one of your teeth, you shouldn’t wait for your next dental checkup at Garth Collins, DDS to have it examined. The wisest course of action is to have our dentist examine the tooth to assess the severity of the problem and develop an effective treatment plan.

In the case of a small cavity, Dr. Garth Collins might be able to treat the affected area by using a standard dental filling.  The treatment starts with the dentist numbing the treatment area. After the anesthetic takes effect, he will remove the of decayed tooth enamel. The material that he uses for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth and its visibility when you smile. Dental fillings made from a metal amalgam are strong and durable. However, they are dark in appearance. This makes them a poor choice for repairing an area of that appears when you smile. A composite dental filling is created from a special type of dental resin can mimic the appearance of your natural tooth enamel.

If you live in the Folsom, California, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 916.985.2550 to have it examined and treated at Garth Collins, DDS .