Cavity Formation and Prevention

The dreaded cavity. You spend your whole life living in fear of these little guys, you may have had one already, but what exactly are they? Cavities are essentially holes in your teeth which can grow deeper and bigger overtime if left untreated. They are caused by acid-producing plaque eating away at the protective covering of your teeth, the enamel, which allows bacteria to enter and cause decay.

As if they weren’t terrifying enough, cavities can form in not one, not two, but three different places on your teeth.

  1. 1.     On the surface

When plaque becomes stuck in the grooves or crevices of teeth this problem arises. Children are most susceptible to this type of decay since they often fail to clean these areas while brushing.

  1. 2.     In-between

This is often the outcome of not flossing since these areas of the teeth cannot be reached by brushing alone. Plaque thrives in hard-to-reach places so be sure to clean these areas regularly.

  1. 3.     Down below

Cavities can form on the roots of your teeth if you suffer from bone loss, gum recession, gum disease, or periodontitis. Because roots do not have the protective enamel covering, cavities can develop quickly on the exposed roots of the teeth.

Visiting you dentist two times a year is important to check for the development of cavities visually and with the help of X-rays for areas not perceptible. Don’t forget your dental professional will also remove hardened plaque from above and below the gum line to prevent cavities from forming. To keep the drill at bay, follow these easy tips for at home prevention and hear those three delightful words “You’re cavity free!”:

  • Brush two times a day in the morning and at night
  • Brush and rinse with products which contain fluoride which helps to strengthen teeth
  • Change your toothbrush every three months as plaque is not adequately removed when bristles are worn down
  • Try to avoid sugary food and drinks
  • Floss once a day to remove the buildup of plaque between teeth

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