Tooth Decay, Cavities, Caries

Decay, cavities, caries

Cavities; everybody’s worried about getting cavities. I remember as a kid when I went to the dentist, I was totally nervous until they finally said, “We don’t see any cavities.” Then I felt like I could breathe. What we get concerned about with cavities, and what a lot of people don’t realize, is cavities are an infection in your tooth.


It’s where bacteria actually gets inside your tooth and starts rotting and eating your tooth away. That’s actually an infection in your tooth. What we understand from an even bigger perspective is it’s not just your tooth. You think about that rotting happening in your body and it’s spreading those toxins into your body. It’s really more of a, again, a systemic issue, where that decay is getting into your body. That really concerns us. We’re not all about drilling-and-filling and just managing your cavities. Because we want to get you fully healthy, we want to look at what are your risks. Why do you get cavities? What is the pH of your mouth? What is your genetic background? What is your nutrition and dietary intake look like? We really want to get you healthy. We want to eliminate cavities for you, completely.

? Do you know what the #1 chronic childhood illness is?

Tooth decay. It is one of the most common of all disorders, second only to the common cold. It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect anyone. It is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people. Bacteria is normally present in the mouth and changes food into acids. The combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva form plaque.

Plaque begins to form 20 minutes after eating and if not removed by proper flossing and brushing the decay process begins. As the acids in the plaque begin to weaken and dissolve the enamel, holes in the teeth are created. This is what we call Cavities or Caries.

Cavities are usually painless until they grow closer to the nerve or center of the tooth. Untreated decay destroys the enamel and the internal structure of the tooth thus resulting in root canals or loss of the teeth.

Tooth Decay
Finding Cavities with Diagnodent

How is decay diagnosed?

Decay is diagnosed in a number of ways which include:

  • Digital Radiography
  • Oral Examination
  • Transillumination
  • Laser Cavity Detection (Diagnodent)

Atlanta Dental Spa is committed to keeping your teeth healthy. We use State of the Art technology that allows us to detect decay in the earliest stages, saving and preserving precious enamel. Along with our dental instruments and digital x-rays, we use the Diagnodent – a laser that can detect softening in the enamel when it is still very small. When decay is detected, our Doctors use only the best materials to restore your teeth to health.