What is a cavity?

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It is the outcome of a bacterial invasion into tooth structure. Good and bad bacteria live in our mouths and our goal is to maintain a much higher number of the good types. If the bad bacteria are given a chance, they can gain a strong foothold onto the outer surface of hard tooth structure. If fed a diet rich in sugar and carbohydrates, they can begin the process of forming a cavity. Once they get inside your tooth and begin to break down the hard structure, a cavity will begin to form.

Cavities are actually an infection in your tooth, and we know this infection can spread toxins into your body. Cavities can cause systemic issues if the decay and infection is getting into your body. Your complete health is important to us, which is why we’re not all about “drilling and filling” and just managing your cavities. We want to act as detectives and get to the root cause of the problem.

We look at all of your risks and work to get you fully healthy. Some questions we’ll ask are: Why do you get cavities? What is the pH of your mouth? What is your genetic background? What does your nutrition and dietary intake look like?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help us address underlying causes of cavities so you can get back to complete health.

FACT – The #1 chronic childhood illness today is tooth decay!

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay usually occurs in children and young adults, but can affect anyone. It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people. Bacteria is normally present in the mouth and turns food into acids. The combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva form plaque. If plaque is not removed by proper flossing and brushing, the decay process begins. As the acids in the plaque begin to weaken and dissolve the enamel, holes in the teeth are created. This is what we call cavities. Cavities are usually painless until they grow closer to the nerve or center of the tooth. If left untreated, that decay will destroy your tooth’s enamel, then the internal structure of the tooth. This can result in a lot of pain and require a root canal or extraction.

How are cavities detected?

Decay is diagnosed in a number of ways, including:

  • Digital Radiography
  • Oral Examination
  • Transillumination

Roswell Complete Dentistry is committed to keeping your teeth and your body healthy. We use the latest technology, which allows us to detect decay in the earliest stages, saving and preserving precious enamel. When decay is detected, our doctors use only the best materials to restore your teeth to health.