Cavities 101

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Were you aware that a cavity is simply another way of saying tooth decay? You’ve likely heard that what you eat can affect whether or not you develop cavities, but did you know that other factors may be involved? How well you take care of your teeth will greatly influence your risk factor for cavities and you can make a difference by introducing fluoride in your routine. However, heredity can also factor in to how susceptible your teeth are to decay.

The three types of cavities are coronal and root cavities, and recurrent decay. Coronal are the most common kind and occur on the surfaces or in between the teeth. Root cavities can happen when the gums begin to recede and the roots are exposed. Because they don’t have a protective enamel layer, they can easily fall victim to decay. Lastly, plaque can frequently buildup around existing fillings and cause new cavities to form, called a recurrent decay.

Tooth decay should not be treated lightly. If a cavity is not taken care of promptly, it could lead to an abscess, or an infection in the tip of the nerve, which may have to be treated by antibiotics, a root canal, surgically or by extracting the tooth itself.

To help prevent cavities, you should practice good dental health habits. Be sure that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Eating a balanced diet and limiting any starchy, sugary, or acidic snacks can help prevent cavities. Be sure to have regular dental checkups as we, at The Dentistry Place, can check for signs of decay and can help prevent minor problems from becoming much larger problems. Adding dental products, like toothpaste, that have fluoride into your dental routine can also help prevent cavities.

If you have more questions about cavities, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Greene, call us at 303-974-5533. We enjoy assisting the people of the Denver, Colorado, area enjoy greater dental health.