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Did you know that daily brushing and flossing habits are the key to preventing tooth decay and gum disease? We often associate products such as sugar as the culprit to cavities, but the truth is it’s actually due to plaque buildup within the mouth. Within plaque exists bacteria that can convert sugar and other ingredients into harmful acids capable of eating through tooth enamel. If tooth enamel is damaged enough, a hole forms called a cavity. If you have a cavity, it must be treated immediately.

Your two best options for treating cavities are dental amalgams and tooth-colored fillings called composites. Dental amalgams use a mixture of metals with mercury as a binding agent to create a solid material that works best on large cavities. Composites work best on smaller and medium-sized cavities.

One of the most important benefits of composites is the ability to blend in with your teeth. Because dental amalgams use metals, they retain their shiny metallic look. Composites are resin-based and thus retain a natural tooth-like look. Composites are also mercury free.

Due to the nature of their design, dental composites can prevent tooth fractures better than dental amalgams. When an amalgam is damaged or begins to leak, it must be removed and replaced. When composites are damaged, they can be repaired repeatedly without removing the original fillings.

No matter which filling treatment you desire, Dr. Mauricio Martinez and our team at Gulf Coast Smiles will make sure that your cavities are properly treated. To schedule an oral exam or professional cleaning at our dentist office in Cape Coral, Florida, please contact us at 239.549.0001. A healthy smile is a happy smile!