Keeping up with your dentistry in Asheville is no small thing – even if what we look for and treat might seem like it. Take tooth decay, for instance. Tooth decay, sometimes called caries, starts so small you would never notice it. In fact, the first stage of tooth decay can start as a tiny white spot. And who notices a white spot on a white tooth? Your Clyde and Asheville dentist, that’s who!
Dr. John Highsmith has more training, more experience, and more high-tech equipment than you would think possible–and much of it is geared directly toward finding your seemingly simple caries. You see, tiny as cavities or other forms of tooth decay may be to start, they can lead to all kinds of problems.
These problems include :
- Tooth shifting and loss
- Chewing difficulty and nutritional deficiency
- Lost school or work hours because of pain
- Gum disease
- Heart and lung issues
- And much more
The truth is, though tooth decay is common, we do not consider it normal. Cavities can be prevented or treated before they progress! It’s why your Asheville dentist encourages frequent checkups and cleanings and checks your oral health with the DIAGNOdent pen, a special device that uses laser fluorescence detection to show even the earliest beginnings of caries and periodontitis.