December 2, 2011
By Ritchie S. King – the New York Times – November 28, 2011
Then, as a junior at the University of Alabama, she saw a new dentist who delivered her first negative diagnosis: two cavities. Six months later, the dentist told her she had two more. Earlier this year, he once again had bad news: yet another cavity.
Somehow, in 12 months she had gone from perfect oral health to five fillings. “It felt wrong to me,” she said.
Her hometown dentist, Dr. Francis Janus, was surprised, too. He examined his longtime patient after she graduated. Ms. Nuwer’s so-called cavities, he concluded, had actually been “incipient carious lesions,” a form of early-stage decay that some dentists call “microcavities.”