What are Cavities and How Do They Form?
Cavities are one of the most dental issues. While frequently associated with children, they can affect anyone, from children to seniors. At Anchorage Dental Associates, we can provide you with the treatment you need for a cavity to restore your oral health and prevent more serious issues from developing. We can also help you to understand exactly what cavities are and how you get them so that you can prevent them from developing in the first place.
What’s in Your Mouth?
To understand how you get a cavity in the first place, it is important to know exactly what is in your mouth. These are just a few of the elements that exist in your mouth.
How a Cavity Forms
A cavity is a small pit that forms in your tooth. It is the result of tooth decay. They are commonly thought to be the result of too much sugar. Sugar is not the direct cause of cavities. Instead, the sugars feed the bacteria in your mouth, which then produce harmful acids. These acids, when left on the surfaces of your teeth for too long, begin to erode your protective tooth enamel. This causes weak spots in your teeth or decay. Decay can be reversed, however, if the decay goes untreated long enough, a cavity forms. This is irreversible damage and requires treatment.
Types of Cavities
There are a few different types of cavities that can form. The three most common types of cavities are:
Good oral hygiene is essential for the prevention of cavities. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined twice a year. We can also help you to further prevent cavities with fluoride treatment and sealants.
Cavities may be common, but they are both treatable and preventable. For more information, and to schedule an appointment, call Anchorage Dental Associates today at (907) 276-7366.
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