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If you have teeth, you’ve heard of cavities. Unfortunately, tooth decay is one of the most common illnesses in the United States. But if you are one of the lucky few who has never experienced a cavity, or if you have had one or two in your lifetime, and just want to know more, read on!

Our teeth are covered in enamel. Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it is vulnerable to the acids in your mouth that come from the things you eat and drink, and from the interaction of the plaque on your teeth with the sugars and carbohydrates in your diet. Over time, those acids can wear through that enamel, a process known as tooth decay. The result is a cavity. Left untreated, the decay in that cavity can reach the interior of your tooth, and cause an infection that can have serious implications.

To treat a cavity, our dentist, Dr. Mark Kupec will remove the decayed material and repair the tooth with a filling, inlay or onlay, a dental bond of crown. However, the best thing you can do is to prevent cavities in the first place. You can do that by brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day, flossing once a day, and limiting your intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages. You can also keep cavities at bay by making appointments at Mark Kupec D.D.S. P.C. for regular cleanings and exams in Georgetown, Texas. Call 512-930-7645 today to plan your visit.