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- Feb 09 2017
A cavity is basically decaying of the tooth. Tooth decay is influenced by our oral hygiene levels, foods consumed and our everyday lifestyle. Heredity also plays a role in how susceptible you are to tooth decay.
Coronal cavities- they are formed on chewing surfaces or between teeth.
Root cavities- with age, gums recede leaving some parts of the tooth exposed making these parts susceptible to cavities.
Recurrent cavities- they form around existing fillings and crowns because of their tendency to accumulate plaque. Which leads to tooth decay
Cavities are more common among children but adults are also at risk, depending on their oral hygiene levels. Only your dentist can tell for sure if it is a cavity because they develop below the tooth surface. The bacteria consume the sugars and secrete acids that destroy the tooth as they eat into it. As the enamel is eaten away, after a while, the cavity is formed.
Toothaches, pain while chewing and sensitivity to certain foods are symptoms of cavities.
How to prevent cavities?
- Brush twice a day
- Regular check-ups with the dentist
- Using fluoride toothpaste
- Rinsing with a mouthwash
- Flossing regularly
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