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The Truth About Cavities

What is a cavity and how do you know if you have one? That’s a great question.

man suffering from tooth painCavities are what you get from tooth decay, it affects not only the outer coating of your tooth, but the inner layer of your tooth as well. How do your teeth form decay? Bacteria caused by foods such as, carbohydrates in bread, soda, candy, milk or any substance that remains on your teeth. The saliva in your mouth then turns that bacteria into acids, which then turns into plaque clinging to your teeth. Acids in plaque dissolve your enamel creating holes called cavities. Although, it may seem that children are more prone to cavities, aging is a big risk factor as well. As you get older, your gums pull away from your teeth exposing the roots of your teeth to plaque. If you eat a lot of sugary or high-carb foods, you’re more likely to get cavities. Over years, the edges of old fillings can weaken or break allowing bacteria to gather and causing decay. If you’re experiencing sensitivity or think you may have a cavity, Dr. Libby will look for cavities during a regular dental checkup. He’ll probe your teeth, looking for soft spots, or use X-rays to check between your teeth. Depending on how bad the cavity is, he’ll will move the decayed portion of your tooth and fill the hole with composite resin. If you suffer from dental anxiety, be sure to ask us about conscious sedation.

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