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What Exactly Is A Cavity? Marietta, GA

What Exactly Is A Cavity?

Cavity. It is the word that you never want to hear during your dental appointment. You are pretty sure you know what you are supposed to do to prevent it, and you know it requires a filling if you have one. Beyond that, however, how much do you really know about cavities?

A cavity is essentially tooth decay that is caused by a combination of bacteria and food. As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids. The acids attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating. Over a period of time, these acids eat away at your tooth enamel, resulting in hole or cavity in your teeth that can grow bigger and deeper the longer it is left untreated. Tooth decay remains the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults, even though it is largely preventable.

We never want to think about having a cavity, but the sooner you identify one, the better your outcome. In fact, did you know that the early signs of tooth decay are actually reversible?

Here are three signs that you might have a developing cavity:

  • Pain and Sensitivity. This is the most obvious. If your teeth hurt or if you notice that a specific area in your mouth has become sensitive to hot, cold or sugary foods, it could mean that decay has made its way through your tooth’s enamel and reached nerve endings inside your tooth.
  • Bad Breath. Cavities that are more severe or have had time to fester can cause bad breath. Bacteria is the simple culprit for this.
  • A White Spot on Your Tooth. When a tooth is exposed to repeated acid attacks, the enamel will lose minerals. A white spot on your tooth appears where minerals have been lost and it is a signal of early tooth decay. The good news here is that tooth decay can be stopped or reversed at this point. Enamel can repair itself by using minerals from saliva and fluoride from your toothpaste.

Now that you have a deeper knowledge of what exactly a cavity is, it makes your efforts to prevent one a little more meaningful. Keep brushing and flossing every day to fight the battle of tooth decay. Most importantly, if you do notice any of the signs of a cavity, whether at its early developing stage or painful progressed stage, you must see your dentist for proper treatment. Gilreath Family Dentistry offers tooth-colored fillings as part of their comprehensive dental services to patients of all ages.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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