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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 excessive bacterial deposits in your mouth. If they’re not removed in a reasonable amount of time they can harden into tartar which promotes gum disease. This might also cause a persistent acidic environment in your mouth, which increases 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 or texture 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 an experienced dentist like Dr. Milan Sata and the staff at Milan Sata DDS. If the area of tooth decay is minimal and limited to the tooth’s enamel layer he 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. This is often counter-indicated for repairing a cavity on a surface that will appear when you smile.

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 Flint, Michigan, area and you have been experiencing symptoms of tooth decay, you should call 810-694-0200 to have it examined and treated by Dr. Milan Sata.