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Understanding Cavities

Nobody likes to hear the word ‘cavity’ when they visit their dentist. It may seem like bad news, but there is good news: You do have some control over the situation. Getting to really know what cavities are all about can help you to effectively prevent or repair them when they are very small.

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What Exactly is a Cavity?

A cavity is a hole in the enamel of your tooth, which results from acidic bacteria. A cavity may be noticeable by dark staining on a visible part of your tooth, or a shadow in teeth as seen on an x-ray. They may hurt or never cause symptoms at all.

How Cavities Develop

Cavity-causing bacteria feed on sugar that you eat and then produce a waste product that’s very harmful to teeth. A weak spot on the tooth is worn away by acid and as the tooth softens, more bacteria move in and set up camp. They continue their dirty work, sheltered from the rest of your mouth. A cavity may start out small, but if untreated, the decay spreads faster and faster as it advances through tooth layers. The cavity is rotted tooth and it can cause a serious infection if it reaches the nerve chamber of the tooth.

Young lady flossing to prevent cavities in Concord, MA

Effectively Treating and Preventing Cavities

A regular routine of brushing and flossing and professional dental cleanings and exams at Concord Woods Dental Group will help you to prevent tooth decay. Ask our office’s professionals about lowering your risk even further with adequate fluoride use.

Treating cavities is achieved through a wide variety of restorative options including fillings, crowns, inlays, onlays, and treatment for roots and nerves affected by decay. So the next time you hear the word ‘cavity,’ don’t panic! Our team at Concord Woods Dental Group is prepared to present you with the options that will best meet your needs. Call to schedule an exam!

 

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