My tooth doesn't hurt, so how can I have a cavity?
Dental decay does not usually start with a painful tooth. Your nerve spans the center of your tooth under protective enamel and dentin. The outer layer of the tooth, the enamel, does not have any nerve endings, so no signal to the brain that a problem exists. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and provides protection for your nerve.
When a cavity starts, it can be completely non-symptomatic as it makes its way into the interior of your tooth, so you will never notice that it is there. That is why routine x-rays are so important! They help us to identify and treat dental decay before it progresses and becomes painful.
How to Prevent Cavities
This is why it's important to have regular checkups even if everything feels fine. We also offer preventive treatments such as fluoride and dental sealants to give you added protection against decay. When you combine regular dental exams, cleanings, good home care, and a healthy diet, you could enjoy a healthy smile with your natural teeth for a lifetime!
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