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What Causes a Cavity

If you think occasionally skipping brushing your teeth is okay, you might be surprised about the importance of good oral health and hygiene. Individuals who have bad dental hygiene habits are actually 70% more at risk of getting heart disease, and other studies have linked poor oral health to issues with the limbic system. Even without those larger health concerns, skipping brushing still puts you at much greater risk of getting cavities.

What exactly is a cavity? A cavity is a hole in the surface of your tooth, and they are a result of poor dental hygiene. Food left on your tooth’s surface turns into plaque, which contains acid that eats away at your tooth enamel until it forms a cavity. There are several methods to repair a cavity, but none of them are as easy and quick as simply maintaining a routine of brushing and flossing twice daily, and scheduling regular cleanings with Dr. Brooks!