Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

5 Cavity Prevention Tips

Cavity Prevention

If you’ve ever had a cavity, you’ve been a victim of the complex process that causes tooth decay. Enamel is the strong outer layer of your teeth. When you eat and drink, a sticky layer of plaque develops on the tooth surface. Bacteria in the plaque interact with sugars and starches in your food and produce acids that damage your tooth enamel. The longer plaque and bacteria remain on your teeth, the more damage they can do. Eventually, the holes we know as cavities form. 


While cavities are most common in children, aging adults often experience tooth decay associated with age-related oral changes. Receding gums often accompany advancing age, and preexisting periodontal disease is also common. The two factors combined give plaque access to tooth roots, which are covered with cementum, a softer and more vulnerable material than enamel. Tooth roots are more susceptible to decay and more sensitive to hot and cold. Tooth-root decay and sensitivity problems are both common in adults more than 50 years old. Decay along the margins of fillings is also frequently seen. Seniors may have more fillings due to the absence of modern dental care techniques when they were young. As the fillings age, they fracture and leak, causing bacteria to accumulate in the small crevices of the tooth surface. Acid exposure in these areas results in decay.

Indispensable Tips for Cavity Prevention

  1. Brush a minimum of twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Clean between teeth using dental floss or interdental cleaners daily.
  3. Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugary and starch-filled snacks between meals.
  4. Ask your dentist about treatments that can help with cavity prevention, such as fluoride rinses or dental sealants.
  5. Affordable dentists can identify and treat tooth decay before it causes tooth loss. Visit your dentist in Abington regularly.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
Karen J.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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