Deriving from the Latin word cavus, meaning hollow, a cavity is a small hole that starts in the tooth enamel. It comes about when harmful bacteria are allowed to accumulate on your tongue and teeth. These bacteria have a special affinity for sugar, as they feed on it and then grow in the warm environment of your mouth. If not properly removed, they become acidic and begin to attack your enamel.
There are a few signs to be aware of that alert you of a cavity:
Thankfully, you don’t have to endure cavities. There are ways to prevent them from forming. One of the mainstays that you’ve probably been hearing since childhood is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Well, this remedy stills hold true. Your other powerful weapon against cavities is your dentist in Lansdowne. By scheduling a visit every six months, you will be able to catch any cavities before they manifest into the hideous attackers of your oral health that they are capable of becoming.
About the Author
Wael Elosta, DDS, FAGD graduated from dental school in 2000 and then completed two years of general practice residency at Louisiana State University. He has also received advanced training in several fields, including implant dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Elosta is also a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the State if Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He practices at Lansdowne Family Dental and can be reached through his website.