The one word you never want to hear in a dentist's office. A cavity develops when a tooth decays or breaks down by bacteria. It is a hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time, even if you brush and floss regularly. If you have a cavity, it's important to get it repaired, as brushing and flossing will not remove away the cavity. If left untreated, it can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. It can spread to the root area and cause an abscess (infection). This infection can then spread throughout the head and cause severe damage. If this goes untreated, it could even cause death.
Patient: "Well, how are my teeth, Doc?"
Dentist: "Oh, my! Son, you have a cavity! Looks like I need to numb your teeth and put a very big drill to remove the soft part of your teeth. Don't worry. You won't feel a thing."
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