A Guide to Cavity Prevention

Imagine this – you have come to see Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone for a cleaning and routine check-up. The cleaning goes well, but then Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong, since you have been brushing and flossing regularly.

We at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry see this happen every day and we want to put your mind at ease. Cavities are very common and usually a simple fix for Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them.

Cavities: The Basics

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is a byproduct of too much plaque. Here’s how it works: every day, our saliva breaks down the food we eat into bacteria and then into acid, which mixes with the saliva and forms the nuisance commonly referred to as plaque.

Remarkably, it only takes 20 minutes for plaque to form on your teeth after eating. Plaque is corrosive to the outer layer of your teeth (enamel). If plaque is left to its own devices, it will likely result in tooth decay, which literally causes decay in the structure of your teeth. Both enamel and dentin (the layer beneath enamel) may be damaged during this process, and a cavity can often form as a result.

How to Prevent Cavities

Now that you know the cavity’s life story, it’s time to find out how to keep your teeth protected! First of all, it’s important to understand that the majority of people will get at least one cavity in their lifetime, and although cavities most often affect children, it is possible for people of all ages to get them at any time. How do you prevent them? Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone recommends these tips:

  1. Brush and floss at least twice a day, every day, especially after eating sugary or starchy foods! These foods transform into cavity-forming acid with ease.
  2. Mouthwash/rinses and fluoridated pastes (such as Carifree®) help your teeth stay protected.
  3. Watch for common warning signs- tooth pains or aches, particularly when caused by foods/beverages that are cold, hot, and/or sweet.
  4. Come see us at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for your cleanings and check-ups. We are experts at stopping cavities in their tracks and we love to see confident Destin & Panama City Beach smiles.

If you still fear cavities, that’s OK. We just want you to know that they are quite common and you should never be embarrassed or ashamed about having one. That being said, it is not a good idea to ignore them. Eventually, cavities can cause tooth discoloration and even lead to actual holes in your teeth.

Don’t fret! Drs. Lichorwic, Skinner, Baya, Dubois, & Perone is Destin & Panama City Beach’s leading expert on cavities and our office is equipped with modern X-ray and laser technology capable of detecting cavities early. Please feel free to contact us at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry with questions any time and make sure to come in regularly for your check-ups. Schedule an appointment online today!

Dr. Dennis Lichorwic, DMD was born in Cleveland, Ohio, received his Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, his dental degree from the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, and is a graduate of the world renowned Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Lichorwic’s passion is improving smiles with conservative cosmetic procedures. He believes a beautiful smile is an important social asset, as it can increase confidence and have a positive impact on overall appearance and personality. Dr. Dennis Lichorwic is the President and founder of The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. He is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is recognized as the premiere association for cosmetic dentistry in the world. He has served as the President of the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry where he continues to serve on the board. Dr. Lichorwic is a 2010 Graduate of the Comprehensive Implant Residency Program in Birmingham, Alabama. lichorwic and wifeDr. Lichorwic lectures throughout the country helping other dentists improve their skills in the areas of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and Invisalign®. His work has been published in national dental magazines and he’s won several national and state-wide awards for his beautiful, natural smiles. The practice has been featured in such magazines as Inc. magazine and Florida Trend for its quality, innovation, and success.

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