These cavities can't be seen by you. The area that the cavity resides can't be reached with a toothbrush. Your dentist can only see them with x-rays which will also reveal just how deep the cavity is. This is why annual dental exams are so important.
How Do They Get Between Your Teeth?
When you chew your food, small particles of the food or strands of food fiber gets stuck between your teeth. If not removed by flossing and brushing, bacteria converts the food to sugars making it more acidic. The acid causes the enamel to break down, allowing an entryway to your teeth and resulting in decay.
Flossing is your number one defense against cavities between your teeth. When you floss, it dislodges the food particles which are then swept away by the saliva in your mouth. This helps to reduce the areas that bacteria can grow and destroy your teeth.
What's So Different About Interproximal Cavities?
The most important fact about cavities in between your teeth is that they are invisible If your dentist detects a cavity between your teeth in your annual exam, and it is spotted early enough there are several options for correcting it. It all depends on how deep the cavity has gotten.
For example, if it has only extended halfway into the enamel, a fluoride gel can be applied that will recalcify it and make hard again. Deeper cavities must be filled but once you feel sensitivity to temperature or trouble chewing it is likely beyond filling.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about cavities.