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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth each morning and night, as well as making a conscious effort to thoroughly floss your teeth at least once each day. This basic oral hygiene regimen is designed to remove food particles, plaque, and bacterial deposits from your mouth before they can affect the health of your mouth.

If you notice a problem with one of your teeth you shouldn’t wait for your next dental checkup with Dr. Michael Scholes. The wisest course of action is to have him examine the tooth so he can help you understand your treatment options.

If a small cavity has developed on one of your teeth he might be able to repair it by installing a standard dental filling.

If you prefer Dr. Michael Scholes can inject a small amount of anesthetic into the nearby gums to numb the area throughout the treatment process. Once you are comfortable, he will use professional tools and technique to remove all traces of tooth decay.

The material that he recommends for the dental filling will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth and its visibility in your smile.

Dental fillings made from metallic amalgam are strong and durable. Yet they are dark in appearance, which makes them a poor choice for repairing a cavity that appears in your smile.

A composite dental filling is produced from a special type of dental resin that mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. This makes it a preferable choice for repairing a cavity on a tooth that will appear in your smile.

If you live in the Couer d'Alene, Idaho, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 208-667-1578 to have it examined and treated at Scholes Family Dental’s dental office.