Tooth Decay, Cavities, Caries

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

Goodbye, Cavity!

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.

The best prevention for cavities, along with good oral hygiene habits, are regular checkups at Shoreline Dental. Call our Milford or West Haven office, today, to schedule your appointment.