Caries (cavities) are a bacterial infection caused by a certain bacteria. These bacteria are usually acquired early in life and persist in the mouth due to an established competitive advantage against other “good” bacteria. The outside enamel surface of the tooth is very durable but susceptible to chronic chemical injury. Acids produced by this bacteria dissolve the enamel and if allowed to penetrate this layer, surgical (drilling) treatment is necessary.

A prevention and treatment program is available that is customized to your risk level. The steps in this program involve the removal of the competitive advantage these harmful bacteria have and then to maintain a low risk oral environment. If you have had a history of frequent cavities, be sure and ask about this program. A lifetime without continuous drilling is possible.
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