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No visible cavities

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Posted by: guycalledhomer  (10 years ago)
Hi all,

I have been to the dentist today for my regular dental cleaning. The dentist said I have a few cavities between my teeth that need to be filled. None of my teeth is hurting and when I looked in the mirror, I can’t see any cavity either. The dentist told me they were shown in the X-ray as black dots.

Should I get a second opinion? My last dental appointment with this dentist was 6 months ago and she said my teeth were all fine. Can I get cavities in about 6 months? I have been brushing three times a day, floss and rinse with mouthwash two times a day. I would highly appreciate your input! Thanks a lot!
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Posted by: mdhola  (10 years ago)
Many times it is difficult to see cavities in between teeth with naked eyes, as those areas of teeth are covered by your gums. And best tool so far to diagnose such caries is x-ray (bite-wings type).
Sometimes such caries are just in enamel (in other words just superficial) , so many dentist do not recommend to fill those cavities as these type of cavities can be taken care by proper brushing techniques, flossing, use of fluoridated tooth-paste and water etc....

However, when caries extend beyond enamel and enter into dentin, it is better to get it fixed. Unlike caries in just enamel, these type of caries are difficult to remineralize and should be restore with fillings to prevent their further progress.
And most of times such type of caries are not symptomatic in their initial stages. however, they start becoming symptomatic as they progress more deeper.

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