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As children growing up in Boston, there was one word that always stuck in our minds when it came to dental health: "cavities." We were always warned to brush and floss twice a day, or else we'd develop the dreaded "cavities," and the dentist would have to drill our teeth-- an idea that's terrifying to a young mind.

But what are "cavities," exactly? Many people actually don't know, even thought almost all of us have had at least one cavity during our lifetimes. Cavities are more technically known as "dental caries," and here at Beacon Dental Center, they're one of the most common problems that we treat. Here's everything you need to know about what cavities are, what causes them, and what you can do to prevent tooth decay and protect your teeth.

What causes cavities? Cavities are, essentially, a "hole" in the outer layers of your teeth. They stem from the activities of bacteria that live on your
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Your dentist will treat cavities by using a dental drill to remove decayed material from your tooth. Fortunately, local anesthetics render this process completely painless for you. Then, a filling is used to restore the tooth.
How can I avoid getting cavities in the first place? Good dental hygiene is the key to preventing tooth decay. Most dentists recommend brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. This removes residual food and bacterial plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, preventing damage to the enamel. It's also helpful to reduce your intake of dietary sugars, especially refined sugars present in table sugar, candy, pastries, and other products.
Cavities are a common problem in Boston, and at Beacon Dental Center, we see them on a daily basis in both children and adults. If you suspect you may be developing tooth decay, give us a call today to schedule your appointment. Dental treatment for cavities is a quick, painless process that will help protect your dental health for years to
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