What Are Cavities & How Can You Prevent Them?

Cavities are essentially areas of tooth decay. They are small permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny holes. Tooth decay is one of the world’s most common health problems, and it can affect people of any age – if you have teeth, you can get cavities! When cavities are ignored, the decay goes deeper into your tooth and can cause much bigger issues, like severe toothaches, infection, and even tooth loss.

Seeing a dentist in Asheville, like Rebol Family Dentistry, every six months helps to maintain your dental health and also prevent cavities. 

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

We at Rebol Family Dentistry of Asheville look at your teeth during every visit and keep an eye on any potential cavities. However, these things can develop in between your appointments, so it’s important to know how to recognize the symptoms. 

When a cavity is just beginning, you might not notice anything. We usually catch these in your regular cleanings and label them to “watch,” as well as advise you to pay more attention to these areas when brushing. If you start to see any of the symptoms below, call us at 828-253-5878 to schedule an appointment right away:

  • Toothache, spontaneous pain or pain that occurs without any apparent cause
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth
  • Brown, black or white staining on any surface of a tooth
  • Pain when you bite down

What Actually Causes a Cavity?

A cavity is caused by tooth decay over time.

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How Do I Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay?

Good oral health and regular cleaning visits to Rebol Family Dentistry can help prevent cavities. You should also come see us if you need a cavity treated. The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist every six months. At your appointments, feel free to ask your dental hygienist if your brushing techniques are working or how you can improve your habits. Sometimes your dentist and hygienist may recommend a special mouth rinse, toothbrush, or toothpaste. 

Here are five tips that Dr. Rebol, Dr. Sparks and Dr. Moczek recommend to their patients at Rebol Family Dentistry of Asheville: 

  • #1 and most important: keep up your regular dentist visits.
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste after eating or drinking. 
  • Ask about Dental Sealants
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods
  • Get in the habit of flossing! It really does help!


When Was Your Last Check-up?

If it’s been more than six months since you’ve been to the dentist, schedule your next appointment today! We’ll get you examined and ensure you’re in good dental health, as well as help you with any potential issues you may be experiencing.

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No Dental Insurance? No Problem!

At Rebol Family Dentistry, we want dental care to be accessible to everyone – dental insurance or not. For this reason, we’ve developed Dental Maintenance Plans. Our Maintenance Plans make it easy for Asheville residents to protect and improve their dental health! Unlike dental insurance, there are no yearly maximums, deductibles, pre-existing condition limitations, waiting periods or pre-authorization requirements.

With an easy monthly or yearly payment, your membership includes 2 routine cleanings and exams with necessary x-rays, 2 fluoride treatments, 1 emergency exam and more! Learn more about our Dental Maintenance Plans here.

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