How Do I Avoid Cavities?

Tooth decay is a widespread issue that affects both children and adults. People often ask our team, “How do I avoid cavities?” There are actually a number of ways you can reduce the risk of tooth decay. In addition, at Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we offer a number of possible solutions for repairing teeth with decay.

Common Questions About Avoiding Cavities in Rochester, MN

Question: What cause tooth decay?

Answer: A layer of tooth enamel protects our teeth. When the enamel becomes damaged or erodes, then bacteria can reach the sensitive layers of dentin beneath, causing decay to form. Enamel can become compromised as a result of injury (cracks/chips) or poor oral hygiene.

Question: How do I know if I have a cavity?

Answer: Common warning signs of tooth decay include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks and a persistent toothache. If you notice discomfort that lasts after 48 hours then see a dental professional right away. Treating the issue early can reduce the risk of the decay progressing into an infection.

Question: What can I do to strengthen my teeth?

Answer: In order to avoid tooth decay you need to practice good oral hygiene. Doing so reduces the ability for bacteria to break down food particles, causing the plaque buildup that can lead to tooth decay. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. We also recommend having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.

Question: How do I repair a cavity?

Answer: If you have tooth decay then we may suggest a restorative treatment to repair the tooth. We can place a dental filling to restore the tooth in a single visit and place a crown if the decay is substantial.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To Contact us, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.