Cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health issues. Absolutely anyone who has teeth can get a cavity!
A tooth cavity is a damaged area on the surface of your tooth that eventually develops into a small opening or hole on the surface of the tooth. They can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Sugary drinks
- Not cleaning your teeth well enough
- Frequent snacking
- Bacteria in the mouth
- Any combination of the above factors
There are three different types of cavities 1) Smooth surface cavities which occur on the smooth sides of your teeth, 2) Root cavities which develop on the surface of the tooth directly over the roots, and 3) Pit and fissure cavities which occur on the top or chewing surface of the your teeth.If a tooth cavity is not eventually treated, it can grow larger and deeper, affecting more and more layers of your teeth. This can be very painful and may even lead to losing the tooth altogether. If you’re feeling pain or extra sensitivity in your teeth or haven’t had a regular checkup in a while, don’t wait any longer to take care of your oral hygiene.
Please call Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Boulder, Colorado to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jose Lopez!