Got A Cavity? It’s Not Uncommon
Nobody likes to hear that they have a cavity, but tooth decay is quite common. In fact, tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood illness in America, beating out the common cold. While not contagious, cavities occur most often in children and young adults – and they’re completely preventable, with a little dental TLC.
What Is A Cavity?
Your mouth contains lots of bacteria, both the good kind and the bad. When the not-so helpful bacteria get together with food debris, that lingers in your mouth, acid can result. Over time, that acid can attack your tooth, eating away at the enamel and creating a hole that’s filled with decay.
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A cavity, also known as caries, is actually an infection in your tooth. Left untreated, a superficial cavity can grow, affecting the nerve of the tooth. That’s why it’s important to catch a cavity when it’s small, before it grows into an abscessed tooth! Let Dr. Tartagni know, right away, if you experience any of these symptoms of a cavity:
- Tooth pain
- Sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods
- Rough edges on your tooth, that you can feel with your tongue
- A visible spot or hole in your tooth
- Pain when you bite down
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
- Swelling of the gums, especially near a sensitive tooth
If you have a cavity, it’s easy to treat and you’ll hardly feel a thing. We use advanced laser treatment to remove any tooth decay, without a drill. Once your Waterlase treatment is completed, we’ll fill your cavity with tooth-colored composite, for a seamless restoration.