Tooth decay occurs as a result of a combination of diet and oral hygiene habits. Essentially, decay is the breaking down of a tooth's enamel, which creates cavities, or tiny holes in the teeth, that can lead to more serious issues. After we consume a food or beverage, sugars are left behind on the surface of the teeth; if these sugars are not removed, they can feed harmful bacteria and lead to the buildup of plaque, a sticky substance that destroys enamel.
The most important factors in the prevention of tooth decay are brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing at least once daily, and keeping up with your regularly scheduled dental cleanings (on average, one visit to the dentist every six months). It's also a good idea to limit the number of sugary snacks and sodas consumed between meals and/or late at night, as these foods tend to be particularly damaging to teeth.
When filling cavities, Dr. LaVecchia uses tooth-colored composite materials that can be easily bonded to the surface of your tooth.
Composite fillings require less extensive preparation, so the results are often smaller and more natural-looking than silver fillings. The composite material is shaped and polished to match the rest of your tooth, leaving you with a smooth, durable, and virtually undetectable restoration.