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Cavities

What Are Cavities?

A cavity is a decay in your tooth. A cavity develops when a tooth decays and develops a hole that grows bigger and deeper over time. Everyone is susceptible to tooth decay.

If a cavity is large and deep, food particles can become trapped in it.

Cavities are also called dental caries.

Symptoms of Cavities

The most common symptom is a toothache.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is heavily influenced by what we eat, how well we take care of our teeth, and the presence of fluoride in our water and toothpaste. Heredity also plays a role in tooth decay.

Types of Cavities

There are three main types of cavities: Coronal, root, and recurrent decay.

  1. Coronal cavities are the most common type of cavity. They occur in children and adults. Coronal cavities usually are located on chewing surfaces or between the teeth.
  2. Root cavities occur on the root of the tooth when part of the tooth's root is exposed.
  3. Recurrent decay is decay that forms around existing fillings and crowns.

Risk of developing a Cavity

People who have Dry Mouth are more likely to get cavities. Dry mouth may be caused by illness, medications, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Depending on its cause, Dry Mouth may be either temporary or permanent.

Treatment options for Cavities

Cavities can be treated by a professional like Perth dentist. Cavities are very serious. If left untreated, a cavity can destroy your tooth and cause infection in the tooth. Cavities can be treated by a dentist. Cavities are very serious. If left untreated, a cavity can destroy your tooth and cause infection in the tooth.

Can Cavities be prevented?

Yes. The following steps can help you prevent cavities:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  2. Floss everyday.
  3. Have regular dental checkups.
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet. Diets that limit starchy or sugary foods are helpful in fighting cavities.
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