Dentistry in Los Angeles: "Why do some cavities show up on x-rays, but you can’t see them in your mouth?"

Q: My dentist says I have cavities that show on my x-rays, but he can’t see them when he looks in my mouth. How does that work?

A: Cavities that begin in between your teeth (also known as interproximal decay) show up only on the radiographs (x-rays) at first. They are not visible in the mouth until a large amount of your tooth is destroyed. Daily flossing is essential to help avoid this type of cavity.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the westside Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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