What are smooth surface cavities?

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Smooth surface cavities are slow-growing areas of decay on the smooth flat surfaces of your teeth. With this type of cavity, as bacteria start to dissolve the calcium in the enamel you might notice small white spots. Once a tooth's enamel starts to dissolve, the interior of the tooth is also at risk for decay.

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Cavities

Cavities are tiny holes in your teeth that have developed from decay. Left untreated, cavities will get larger, and can cause toothache and possible loss of teeth. Anybody can get a cavity, but you put yourself at greater risk if ...

you don't brush regularly, or frequently consume sweets or sugary drinks. Your dentist can help prevent cavities with fluoride treatments, and can find them by taking pictures (X-rays) of the teeth. Once found, the dentist may treat your cavity with a filling or if extensive, with a crown. If there has been an extensive infection, other treatments, including antibiotics or a root canal surgery may be indicated.
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