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Failing to brush your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush or forgetting to floss at least once per day can leave plaque and bacteria in your mouth. If those things are not removed in a reasonable amount of time they can harden into tartar which promotes gum disease and tooth decay. Acids from food or drinks can also increase your chances of suffering a cavity on one of your teeth.

Early signs of developing tooth decay often include heightened sensitivity, a change in texture, or general discomfort in the affected tooth. Sometimes a developing cavity can also cause a gradual change of color in a small area of tooth enamel. If you have noticed any of these symptoms with one of your teeth, it’s best to have it examined by our dentist, Dr. Eli Janabi and the staff at Smile Studio Dental. If the area of tooth decay is minimal and limited to the tooth’s enamel layer our dentist might be able to repair the tooth with an amalgam or composite dental filling. The tooth’s visibility in your smile will influence the material used for your dental filling. Amalgam is made from a metallic blend that tends to be slightly dark in color and works well for cavities on molars and premolars. A composite dental filling is created from a special type of dental resin. This material can be shaded to match your tooth enamel. This makes it a good choice for repairing a cavity that is appears in your smile.

If you live in the Falls Church, Virginia, area and you have been experiencing symptoms with tooth decay, you should call 703-982-2222 to have it examined and treated by Dr. Eli Janabi.