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You try hard to keep up with your dental hygiene so that your smile can shine at its best. Despite your best efforts, a cavity can form in your mouth. You may be wondering how your cavity formed. Dr. Laurin Cardwell and our team are eager to teach you about cavities and how to detect them.

Cavities 101
The bacteria that reside in your mouth feed on sugars and starches and converts them into acids that can then damage the tooth enamel. The enamel is the strong, protective layer of the teeth. Damage to the enamel means that decay can form in the tooth. This tooth decay, which is also known as a cavity, may need to be treated with a dental filling by our doctor in Sylva, North Carolina.

Cavity Detection
Visiting a dentist is the surest way to detect a cavity. Visual exams can be performed to determine if the health of the teeth could use improvement. At Cardwell Family Dentistry, we also use up-to-date technology so that we can find tooth decay in its early stages. When you visit our office, our doctor may suggest the use of digital imaging, which is also called digital X-rays. This diagnostic tool allows us to see areas of the mouth that are not visible with the naked eye.

For more information and to schedule a dental exam, we welcome you to call us at 828-631-3567 today.