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Just the Facts: Will a Cavity Heal Over Time if I Start Brushing and Flossing Better?

April 16, 2021

Just the Facts: Will a Cavity Heal Over Time if I Start Brushing and Flossing Better?

When a person first starts to suspect they have a cavity, one of the first things they feel is regret for not having brushed and/or flossed as regularly as they should have. The result? They then start brushing and flossing as suggested. Does this mean that their cavity has the potential to heal and go away? The short answer is that no, it does not. Once you have a cavity, you will need to visit the dentist to have it treated.

If you would like more information on why cavities cannot be healed or how California Dental Group can help treat your dental health issues, contact us at (800) 407-0161 to book an appointment.

Why Cavities Do Not Get Better on Their Own

The main reason that they do not get better on their own is that a cavity is not actually something that’s present – it is the absence of something. Namely, it refers to a hole (or series of holes) in the tooth that was caused by decay. You might be able to stop the decay from spreading, but the holes are not capable of spontaneously repairing themselves.

In fact, the longer you let your cavity go without book an appointment with your dentist. In most cases, we can simply patch up the hole. We use resin to fill that hole and any other imperfections of the tooth. We then cure that resin with a special light, which seals it. You might find over-the-counter products that provide temporary fillings, but they will break quickly, and unless you have access to professional-quality tools, you are likely to be sealing up the bacteria when you seal up the cavity hole.

We Are Ready to Provide a Full Dental Cleaning and Exam

It is common for a person who has a cavity to have other oral health issues. There is no such thing as an oral health issue that simply gets better over time. The sooner you deal with what you have today, the cheaper and easier it will be to treat it. We recommend you contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 right now to make an appointment.

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