The Three Types of Cavities
- Posted on: Aug 15 2018
Cavities can creep up on us almost without warning, so it’s important to see your dentist on a regular basis. We can help you identify cavities before they get too big and painful, which can also cut down on the cost of cavity repair. Keep reading to learn about the three types of cavities you can get, and how to avoid them.
The smoothest part of your teeth is the sides of them. Though they look too smooth and slippery for anything to hold onto, plaque has found a way. Residual sugar or food particles from eating throughout the day grab on and don’t let go, until you gently scrub them away. Cavities that occur on the sides of your teeth are commonly found in between the teeth, so make sure to brush and floss twice a day to prevent them.
Pits and Fissures
The pits and fissures of your teeth are found in the molars, where they aid you in chewing your food. These little crevices catch food easily, which can lead to cavities if left there too long. Be consistent with your brushing habits, and make sure to clean both the top and bottom teeth thoroughly to flush all food particles away.
Cavities that occur at the root of the tooth can be the most dangerous for the health of the tooth. This is because the root of the tooth keeps the rest of your tooth alive and healthy. Root cavities can occur if you brush your teeth too aggressively (which leads to receding gums), or if you take medication that gives you dry mouth (which can lead to gum disease). Brush gently and make sure to drink a lot of water if you find yourself dehydrated often.
Preventing cavities is much better for your teeth than treating them, so take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing every day. If you are due for a cleaning or think you may have a cavity, call us today at (805) 584-1194 to schedule a consultation.
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