Cavities & Tooth Decay

A cavity is a product of tooth decay. In the beginning, a cavity will probably go unnoticed. At this point, only a dentist, using dental instruments and x-rays, can detect a cavity. If you are not going to the dentist regularly, tooth decay will increase and the cavity will become worse. As it gets worse, the tooth will begin to ache and become extremely sensitive. Hot or cold food and drinks will make you become aware of your cavity due to the pain that they cause.

The biggest reason cavities exist is plaque. Within 20 minutes of eating, bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combines to start the process of tooth decay. If you do not want tooth decay and cavities, you will need to remove plaque constantly and consistently as well as visit your dentist on a regular basis. Regular check-ups with your dentist can help you catch tooth decay and cavities before they become extreme. Check-ups are necessary because tooth decay is the second most common health disorder, right behind the common cold. Cavities are problems that not only effect children, but they effect adults as well. Aging and the changes that come with it can be producers of tooth decay and cavities.  

With the latest in x-ray technology we can prevent costly tooth repairs by finding them before the begin to cause you pain and discomfort.

 

 Definitions relating to cavities:

Check-up:  a regular visit to the dentist that should take place every 6 months

X-ray:  a radiographic image of teeth, bones, and soft tissuesproduced by a small amount of x-ray radiation

 

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