When you visit our office for an oral hygiene examination, there are a few steps we take to ensure you have optimal oral health. We thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any lingering plaque from the surface and along the gumline. In addition, we look for problems such as gum disease, oral cancer, and decay. If we detect decay, there are a number of treatments we may recommend. Another common name for decay is a cavity. Many people are aware of the term cavity, but do you really understand what it means and how it is caused? Read on to learn more about cavities and what can happen if they are not treated.
At Joel D. Singer, DMD, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve optimal oral health. One way we encourage this is to have patients visit our office for routine hygiene examinations. During these appointments, we not only thoroughly clean their teeth, but we also look for signs of a problem with their oral health. One common issue that many of our patients experience is dental decay, also commonly referred to as a cavity. You have likely heard of cavities. Maybe you have even had one or two. But do you know how they form and what can happen if treatment is not received?