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FAQs on Cavities: What You Need to Know About Tooth Decay

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If you are familiar with the dentist or dental care, you’ve probably heard about cavities. Beyond your efforts to brush your teeth and avoid getting a cavity, however, how much do you really understand about tooth decay?

Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, are a common dental problem that affects people of all ages. They occur when the enamel, the protective outer layer of the tooth, becomes damaged due to the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. To help you better understand cavities and how to prevent them, Dr. Mitzi Morris in Roswell has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about cavities.

What causes cavities?

Cavities are primarily caused by poor oral hygiene and an unhealthy diet. When we consume sugary or starchy foods, the bacteria in our mouth feed on these sugars and produce acids that attack the tooth enamel. Over time, if proper oral hygiene is not maintained, this acid attack can lead to the formation of cavities.

What are the symptoms of a cavity?

The symptoms of a cavity may vary, but common signs include toothache, tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet stimuli, visible holes or pits in the teeth, and dark spots on the tooth surface. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to schedule a dental appointment for an examination.

Can cavities be prevented?

Yes, cavities can be prevented through proper oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. Additionally, reducing your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks can help protect your teeth from decay.

How often should I visit the dentist for check-ups?

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining good oral health and preventing cavities. It is recommended to visit your dentist every six months for a thorough examination, professional cleaning, and early detection of any dental issues, including cavities.

How are cavities treated?

The treatment for cavities depends on the severity of the decay. In the early stages, a dental filling may be sufficient to restore the damaged tooth structure. If the decay has progressed and affected a larger portion of the tooth, a dental crown may be required. In more severe cases, root canal therapy or tooth extraction may be necessary.

Are dental X-rays necessary for detecting cavities?

Yes, dental X-rays play a vital role in detecting cavities that are not visible to the naked eye, especially between the teeth and below the gum line. X-rays enable your dentist to identify cavities early on and provide appropriate treatment before they worsen.

Can adults get cavities?

Absolutely! Cavities can affect individuals of all ages. While they are more commonly associated with children, adults are also susceptible to tooth decay, particularly if they neglect their oral hygiene or have certain risk factors such as dry mouth or gum recession.

By understanding the causes, prevention, and treatment options for cavities, you can take proactive steps to maintain optimal oral health. Remember to consult with a dental professional like Dr. Mitzi Morris for personalized advice and regular dental care. Don’t let cavities get in the way of your smile—take charge of your dental health today!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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