At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we think it’s great that so many of our patients are conscious of their dental health. Having a better understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.
Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:
- Frequent eating
- Consuming sugary beverages
- Oral bacteria
- Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing
Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call us right away for an appointment.
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