Tooth decay is one of the world’s most prevalent diseases. Tooth decay can occur at any age but is more commonly seen in children, teenagers and older adults. However, anyone with teeth can get cavities, including infants.
Tooth decay, also called caries, can be caused by a combination of factors, including presence of certain types of bacteria in the mouth, frequent sugary or high carbohydrate snacks, continual sipping of sugary drinks, not brushing and flossing well, mouth breathing, and dry mouth. Tooth decay results in cavitations (tiny openings or holes) of permanently damaged areas of the tooth.
When cavities go untreated, they become increasingly larger, affecting deeper layers of the tooth. The closer the decay gets to the nerve at the center of the tooth, the more likely sensitivity will develop or it will become a toothache. If not treated properly, it can lead to severe pain or abscess. Some abscess infections can even become life threatening.
Regular dental visits and good brushing and flossing habits are your best protection against cavities. Make an appointment with us today to let us help you prevent or eliminate tooth decay that may be developing in your mouth.