Dental cavities (caries) are the most common form of oral disease. The process of getting cavities is known as tooth decay.
Tooth decay is the destruction of your teeth’s enamel. Tooth decay can affect children and adults. When ever you eat plague forms on your teeth. When you eat foods or drinks that contain sugar the bacteria in the plaque produce acids that attack the enamel. The stickiness of the plaque causes the acids to remain in contact with your teeth and over time erode the enamel.
The types of cavities formed can be placed within two groups:
Pit and fissure cavities. These are found most often on the chewing surfaces of the back (molar and premolar) teeth, and the back of the front (anterior) teeth. Your teeth are composed of several sections of enamel, and where these sections meet, pits and grooves can trap plaque, causing tooth decay.
Smooth surface cavities. These are found most often along the gum line or where two teeth touch, if plaque forms in those areas. Correct use of dental floss, can prevent most smooth surface cavities along the gum line area, using a manual or power toothbrush along the gum line can prevent caries in that area as well.
If you are worried about tooth decay or cavities please contact the practice on 01527 906583 and schedule an appointment.