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The persistent presence of oral plaque acids caused by poor oral hygiene can have a gradually worsening impact on the strength of your tooth enamel. As the chronic acidic environment continues to erode the mineral density of your teeth you will be at increased risk of suffering from a cavity.

Tooth decay’s early symptoms might involve worsening sensitivity, discomfort when eating or a noticeable change in the surface texture. A cavity in a highly visible location might also cause a slight change in color.

If you have noticed a problem with one of your teeth, you need to have it examined as soon as possible by a dentist like Dr. Janelle Bacino. With timely diagnosis many minor cases of tooth decay can be treated by having her install a basic dental filling.

The treatment plan calls for her to numb the tooth before carefully removing all areas of compromised tooth enamel. Once this is done she will apply the dental filling material and harden it.

In the future it’s important to remember to brush your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. You also need to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once per day.

If you live in the Pacific Beach, California, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you need to call 858-273-0111 as soon as possible to have it examined and treated at Bacino Dentistry.