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Why People Visit The Dentist/ What Is A Cavity?

October 17, 2017 — by Keith Kelley, DDS
Tags: General Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry Cavities


Why People Visit the Dentist …

 Most dentist visits are perfectly routine. Keith Kelley DDS in Troy, understands that people tend to get overwhelmed. People get concerned about information they find when they do their own research to self diagnose with all of the scary information online. We want you to rest assure that most of the time our patients come in for a cleaning, to fix a cavity or to discuss braces for their kids. One of the most common causes for a dentist visit is a toothache. In fact, most people do not realize how common they are. According to research, the toothache is the second most common reason people miss a day of school or work. Very often they are caused by a small cavity that has gone undetected and untreated for too long.

What is a cavity and how does it form?

A cavity is formed by decay. Bacteria live in the human mouth, as a matter of course. This bacteria is neither harmful nor uncommon, however, it is necessary to ensure that this bacteria does not have a large accumulation. You can always see where the bacteria are colonizing a tooth because of the yellowish film that develops on a dirty tooth. This film is known as plaque. When the bacteria builds up, the acid secretions that the bacteria puts out start to eat away at the enamel of the tooth. Eventually, the enamel will develop a small hole, known as a cavity. Some cavities are easy to see and identify, while other cavities may not be visible to the eye. The cavities that may not be visible to the eye may be detected from an x-ray or from the symptoms that the patient may relate to the dentist. This is one of the many conditions that we treat in our dentist office.

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 Regardless of whether you have a cavity or need a dental restoration, give us a call for information on how we can help you. If you have questions regarding your dental care we have the answers you may be looking for.


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