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The American Dental Association recommends performing a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen each day. In conjunction with your routine dental checkups, it should significantly reduce your chances of suffering from cavities, and gum disease.

This includes making a daily effort to thoroughly brush your teeth each morning and night, as well as flossing between each of your teeth and along the gumline. Any inconsistencies in these important daily habits can leave excess plaque acids and bacterial deposits in your mouth. In time this could increase your chances of suffering a cavity on one of your teeth.

If your regular dental checkup with Dr. Christopher Layton reveals a tooth affected by a small area of tooth decay he might recommend treating with a simple dental filling. This process will require a second appointment where he will remove all traces of decayed tooth enamel before applying an alternate dental material.

The dental filling material he employs will be based on the tooth’s function and the dental filling’s visibility in your smile.

Amalgam dental fillings are produced from a metallic blend that is generally darker than natural tooth enamel. This material is also very durable, making it better for repairing a back tooth that will not appear in your smile

Composite dental fillings are made from a special type of dental resin. This special plastic material can be shaded to match the tooth enamel surrounding the affected area. This makes it a good option for repairing a chip or cavity on a tooth that appears in your smile.

If you are in the Oceanside, California, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth you should call 760-842-5876 to have it examined at Calavera Hills Dental’s dental offices.