What Exactly ARE Cavities, Anyway?

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If you’ve ever had a cavity you know how painful they can be. What you might not know is what exactly cavities are and how they form. To put it simply, the term cavities is another way to say tooth decay.

There are many factors that can influence tooth decay which include:

  • What you eat
  • How you take care of your teeth
  • The toothpaste you use
  • Heredity
  • And more

Cavities are typically more common in children, but adults can also develop cavities. The most common type of cavity is called a coronal cavity. These are most commonly located in between teeth or on chewing surfaces.

Root cavities occur as the aging process takes place and gums start to recede. The root of the tooth becomes exposed which makes it susceptible to decaying. If you have fillings or crowns, recurrent decay can happen if the areas accumulate plaque.

Tooth decay causes cavities which are holes that can continue to grow larger and deeper if left untreated. Plaque is the major culprit in causing holes to develop, causing cavities. Acids in the mouth eat away at a tooth’s enamel, which is the outermost layer.

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