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Cavities, Decay & Caries

Cavities, the common expression for tooth decay, are one of the biggest oral health concerns in the world. Common in children, teenagers and older adults, cavities require attention from a dental professional. Why? Left untreated, cavities can destroy the tooth, its nerves and can lead to permanent damage.

What are Cavities?

Cavities exist as permanently damaged areas on the hard surfaces of your teeth that develop in tiny holes and openings. Dentist see variations of cavities in patients, with some of the more common cavities being the following:

  • Coronal cavity - typically located on chewing surfaces and between teeth
  • Root cavity - occurs when exposed tooth root decay because of the lack of enamel protection
  • Recurrent decay - exists when accumulated plaque builds around existing crowns and fillings, areas susceptible to plaque

This tooth decay often forms because patients avoid taking quality care of their teeth. Often pinpointed to your choice of lifestyle, cavities frequently occur when bacteria builds in your mouth following a lack of brushing or flossing. Cavities also form when you eat frequent snacks and sip on sugary drinks.

How Do I Prevent Cavities?

The most effective strategy for preventing cavities is to be dedicated to healthy teeth. Take care of your oral health, and the risk for cavities decreases. Some tips from Dr. Moore and his team on preventing cavities are listed below.

  1. Visit the dentist on a regular basis. Dental checkups allow the professionals to take preventative measures and examine any questionable surfaces on the teeth.
  2. Brush twice daily and floss with consistency. Plaque buildup, which will result from a lack of brushing and flossing, causes cavities.
  3. Limit the intake of foods that are sugary or starchy. By minimizing sugary or starchy foods, less acid is exposed to the teeth.

By taking the steps to minimize the risk of cavities, you show a dedication to maintaining quality health.

How are Cavities Treated?

Only dental professionals such as Dr. Moore and the team can properly treat cavities. This tooth decay develops deeth within the tooth’s surface. When enough tooth enamel breaks down as a result of the bacteria on the teeth, a cavity results.

While fixing and filling a cavity may seem like an inconvenience in the present, an untreated cavity becomes a detrimental problem. When nerves associated with your teeth are damaged, patients usually experience an abscessed tooth, an infection at the tip of the root. The solution for an abscessed tooth is a root canal.

Dr. Moore and the team want to prevent you from experiencing cavities. We’re here to serve you. By scheduling regular visits, we can help you minimize the risk of cavities.

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