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The Decay Finder Can Find Problems Before They Start

By: Our WCD Team


Dental cavities are a common but frustrating problem. When left untreated, even tiny cavities can have a major impact on your oral health. Thanks to our cutting-edge tools and technology, cavities can be spotted before they become an issue. Washington Center for Dentistry is proud to offer the revolutionary Laser Decay Detector to find even the smallest areas of tooth decay.

Do you suspect you have a cavity? Schedule an appointment in Washington, DC, and get a check-up using this dental technology. Our trained dentists can find cavities and create custom treatment plans that create a healthy smile.

How do cavities form?

Cavities are tiny openings or holes that form in the teeth. They can happen to anyone, but some people are more at risk than others. Children, seniors, and people with some medical conditions are more likely to develop tooth decay. Cavities are caused by a range of factors, including:

  • Bacteria: Bacteria in the mouth produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel.

  • Sugar: Sugar is a major food source for bacteria. When you eat sweet or sugary foods, the bacteria produce more acid, which can lead to decay.

  • Acidic foods and beverages: The acid found in soda and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel.

  • Dry mouth: Saliva helps to protect teeth from cavities. If you have a condition that causes dry mouth, you may be at a higher risk for cavities.

The most common symptom of cavities is tooth pain. You may also notice that your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Patients should visit Washington Center for Dentistry twice a year for regular check-ups and cleanings. During these dental appointments, we can look for signs of cavities and other oral health problems before they cause any issues.

What is the decay finder?

Larger cavities can be seen with the naked eye, but some are so small that they are often missed during a routine dental exam. The Laser Decay Detector (also called the DIAGNOdent Cavity and Decay Finder) is a simple tool that uses lasers to detect cavities in their earliest stages. Washington Center for Dentistry is proud to offer this innovative dental technology to our patients in Washington, DC.

Why choose the decay finder?

The Laser Decay Detector is a virtually painless and noninvasive way to locate small cavities early. This means our dentists discover and treat dental problems before they require extensive procedures down the road. Here is why this tool is our best choice for finding cavities:

  • Accuracy: The laser decay detector is more accurate than x-rays and can locate cavities that can't be seen by the naked eye.

  • Early detection: We can encounter cavities early before they cause pain and sensitivity.

  • No radiation: Our laser detector does not use radiation, so it is safe for patients of all ages and needs.

  • Almost no pain: The process of finding cavities is considered painless and does not require any downtime afterward.

Prevent tooth pain and sensitivity

Tooth decay is a common issue, but it doesn't have to be a big one. Washington Center for Dentistry is committed to providing the best possible care for our patients. If you have questions about cavities or the laser decay finder contact our office in Washington, DC, for an appointment. Our trained dentists can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health through advanced dental technology.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.