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If you sometimes forget to brush your teeth twice each day, or if you have a bad habit of forgetting to floss at least once per day, bacterial deposits can start to accumulate on your teeth. As the bacteria continue to build up, the persistent presence of plaque acids in your mouth can gradually start to weaken your tooth enamel, which can increase your chances of developing a cavity on one of your teeth.

Early signs of a developing tooth decay problem might include tooth sensitivity, general discomfort or a noticeable change in the texture of the tooth. If you experience any of these signs, you should visit the dentist. By detecting a cavity early on, our doctor, Dr. Gerald Spoto, might be able to treat a minor cavity by installing a dental filling. Composite and amalgam are two of the most common materials used to create a dental filling.  

After Dr. Gerald Spoto repairs the affected tooth, you might want to make sure that you are brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. Consistency in your daily dental hygiene routine will help prevent new cavities from developing.

If you live in the Tampa, Florida, area, and if you suspect that a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call (813) 884-3287 to have it examined and treated at Pro Spoto Dental.