When you visit our office for an oral hygiene examination and cleaning, there are a few steps we take. We prefer to take X-rays of your teeth to look for problems that are not visible to the naked eye. We also thoroughly clean your teeth and check for other problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. One of the first questions we are asked following an oral hygiene examination and cleaning is if we found any cavities. Many people are aware of the term “cavity”, but do you really understand what it means and how it is caused? Read on to learn more about cavities and what can happen if they are not treated.