Phone: 910-778-8485 fax: 910-778-8477

2980 Ray Road Spring Lake NC 28390 Near Overhills Schools

Vincent Vissichelli, DMD

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Specializing in the treatment of infants, children, teens and special needs patients

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How to identify tooth decay?

· 1. The first sign of tooth decay is a white spot “lesion” on the enamel surface of the front teeth. These are white, chalky areas, close to the gum line. These decalcifications are caused by bacterial acid, and directly precede irreversible loss of tooth structure (a cavity).
· 2. By “lifting-the-lip” parents will be able to see this early indicator of caries disease.
· 3. Parents should get these areas examined by a dentist as soon as possible, so that treatment can be initiated, if necessary. The white spot lesions can be “reversed” (remineralized) by the application of fluoride – if the problem is recognized early enough.
· 4. Active cavities usually have a golden-brown color.

 

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