What Are Cavities?

What Are Cavities?

“Cavities” is another way of saying tooth decay. Tooth decay is fully preventable but are results of what we eat, how we care for our teeth. Genes also play a role in how susceptible we are to a cavity.

Adults suffering from dry mouth are especially at risk of having cavities if they suffer from dry mouth. Cavities are very serious. If left untreated, a cavity can ruin your tooth and kill the nerves at its center. This could result  in an abscess, an area of infection at the root tip. Once an abscess forms, it can only be treated with a root canal, surgery or by extracting the tooth.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?
Only your dentist can tell for sure whether you have a cavity( unless its very severe and has already caused tooth decay). This is because cavities develop below the tooth’s surface.. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates (sugars and starches), these carbohydrates are eaten by the bacteria in plaque, producing acids that eat into the tooth. Over time, the tooth enamel begins to break down beneath the surface while the surface remains intact. When enough of the sub-surface enamel is eaten away, the surface collapses, forming a cavity.

How Can I Help Prevent Cavities?

  • Brush at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque from between teeth and below the gumline
  • Have regular dental checkups.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods.
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpasteCavity

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