Cavities, also known as dental caries, are the result of bacterial tooth decay that affects the hard tissues of the teeth. The earlier a cavity is detected, the less damage it can cause. At Gainesville Dental Arts there are several methods that may use to detect cavities.
First is visual inspection of the teeth looking for discoloration, enamel destruction, or holes in the teeth.
- Secondly, Gainesville Dental Arts may use a probe or dental explorer to check the crevices of your teeth for decay.
- Dental x-rays are very important in detecting dental decay particularly between the teeth.
Intra Oral camera is an excellent and newer device to detect cavities especially in the initial stage.
Newer optical methods of evaluating teeth for decay are being tested and may be found to be a practical method for detection in the future.
You can help prevent cavities by regularly visiting the Gainesville Dental Arts, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning daily between your teeth with dental floss.