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 locations to schedule your appointment.