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Most of us have seen a dentist and had a cavity repaired. What is a cavity? A cavity is an opening in the hard protective layer of your tooth (the enamel). This defect begins when food becomes trapped between your teeth allowing plaque to form, a clear sticky film that coats your teeth. Bacteria grow in the plaque producing an acid that eats away at your tooth enamel creating a cavity.
So you have a cavity. What caused it? There are many possibilities.
How do I know if I have a cavity?The signs and symptoms of cavities vary, depending on their severity and location. When a cavity is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all. As decay progresses, the symptoms become obvious.If you have a toothache or experience pain when eating or drinking sweet, sticky, acidic, hot or cold foods and beverages, you may have a cavity. A chipped tooth or a visible hole is a sign of tooth decay. Swollen or bleeding gums may also be evidence of decay. Brown, Black or white staining on the surface of a tooth may be a sign that a cavity has developed. If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms, see your dentist.
The idea of acid eating a hole in your tooth may sound disturbing! There are many simple things that you can do to help reduce the possibility of developing a cavity.
If you experience any of the symptoms associated with a cavity, see your dentist. She can help repair damage and advise you on ways to reduce the possibility of future tooth decay. To avoid developing a cavity, schedule regular cleanings and dental exams.
If you think you have a cavity or need advice on how to avoid tooth decay call Centennial Smiles at (587) 317‑7959.