As the old adage goes “a stich in time saves nine”‼ The goal of modern dentistry is aimed towards a preventive and conservative approach. This includes identifying decayed teeth (cavities) right at their earliest stage. At times when tooth damage is in its initial stages, decay can be reversed by remineralization therapy. However when signs of physical damage are evident, early dental filling is often crucial to arrest its progression. When left untreated these cavities can cause further damage resulting in pain. Oral screening by a professional dentist during your regular dental visit can thus help in timely diagnosis.