Steps To Prevent Cavities or Worse Often times there is not a fundamental understanding how cavities are formed and how they can be prevented. So I want to take a moment and quickly discuss how a cavity is formed. It all starts with a substance we call plaque. Plaque is a sticky, invisible film that builds up on your teeth, between your teeth, on your gums, and under your gums. Plaque can be removed by brushing your teeth and flossing and by your Citrus Heights family dentist when you visit every 6 months. If the plaque is left alone, it will combine with bacteria from the food you eat and beverages you drink and form an acid that eats away at your teeth. Eventually, this acid can destroy enough of the tooth to create the dreaded cavity! Again the easiest way to prevent this is by brushing your teeth and flossing and by having your Sunrise Family Dentistry dentist clean your teeth every 6 months. This makes sure that both the plaque and the food buildup are removed regularly so that evil acid can't form. If you do however get a dental cavity and don't get it treated it can lead to an abscessed tooth. For the average person, if you have an abscess, or infected, tooth, you will get in contact with your local Sunrise Family Dentistry dentist immediately.