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Causes of Dental Cavities

Causes of Dental CavitiesTooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. As the decay erodes the enamel and the dentin, a cavity develops. Cavities affect people of all ages. You may be at an increased risk of developing dental cavities if your tooth roots are exposed, if you have a large amount of sugary or processed foods in your diet, if you suffer from dry mouth or if your dental hygiene is lacking.

Cavities are caused by the bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria live in the plaque on your teeth, and they produce acidic wastes that can damage the enamel and dentin. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day and receiving regular dental care and cleanings are the best ways to reduce your risk of cavities.

If the cavity is not treated, it can create pits or holes in the tooth. The tooth may become extremely sensitive to cold, hot or sweet foods and beverages. The tooth may also become infected as the bacteria reach the inner chambers of the tooth. If you have a cavity, our Northridge dentist may recommend a dental filling. A root canal treatment may be necessary if the cavity has damaged the pulp of the tooth. The damaged part of the tooth will be cleaned away, and a filling will be placed to restore the size, shape and function of the tooth.

Give us a call today to schedule your next dental appointment or to learn more about protecting your teeth.

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