Category: Cavities

Why Do Most People Get Tooth Decay?

With the advanced state of modern dentistry and all we know about preventive dental care, you may be surprised to learn that a large majority of people still experience tooth decay to some degree in their lives. Tooth decay, which is the infection in your tooth structure that leads to cavity development, can range from… Read more »

What to Know if You Have a Cavity

Cavities are so common that, sometimes, having one doesn’t seem like such a big deal. At least, not until the cavity gets worse and you’re forced to take the condition more seriously. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer the cavity or let it get worse. At our Ankeny, IA, dentist’s office, we can help you… Read more »

Your Tooth Decay Prevention Kit

Do you feel like a cavity is something that seems to show up out of nowhere as though it were willed into existence? This is a common sensation among patients who think they are doing their best with dental hygiene and dental care in general (but who are overlooking some simple yet important details). While… Read more »

Where Do Cavities Occur?

You may find yourself wondering if there are any areas of your teeth that are immune to decay, whether cavities tend to form in particular locations, and how to address these factors. The news you won’t be excited to hear is that tooth decay can occur on any portion of your tooth tissue. The good… Read more »

How Sugar Causes Tooth Decay

Sugar not only puts you at risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, but it is also the direct cause of tooth decay for as much as 90% of American adults. Sugar is hidden in nearly all processed foods as an additive to enhance taste, so with high exposure to processed foods,… Read more »

How Do I Fix a Cavity?

At some point, most of us will develop a cavity. After all, only around 2% of the population is immune to dental caries. Once you develop decay, you may be wondering: How do I fix a cavity? Fortunately, there are a number of comfortable and minimally invasive treatment options to return your tooth to full… Read more »

What Is Xylitol?

Tooth decay is a serious problem in American children. Twenty-five percent of young children from 2 to 5 and 50 percent of children 12 to15 suffer tooth decay. Americans miss 51 million hours of school and 164 million hours of work due to dental issues. Xylitol is an all-natural sugar substitute that can help fight… Read more »


The majority of people are familiar with tooth decay, cavities, and fillings. Cavities affect over 90 percent of the population, and 78 percent of Americans have had at least one cavity by the age of 17. Up until recently most cavities were filled with silver amalgam, but today there are other choices. If you, your… Read more »