Here are a few of the most common reasons why a tooth cavity forms:
- Not brushing regularly or correctly
- Forgetting to floss daily
- Sugary foods
- Acidic foods
- Dry mouth
- Lack of fluoride
- Acid reflux disease
- Some medications
- Eating disorders
- Old, broken dental fillings
- Ill-fitting dental devices
At first, some people don’t even realize they have a cavity. That’s because most cavities don’t hurt during the early stages. But if left untreated, plaque will continue to eat away at the tooth and cause the hole to get deeper and deeper. Eventually, it will feel painful everyday and become very difficult to ignore.
Aside from the pain, untreated cavities can also make it hard to chew. Some will even develop an abscess. If the abscess becomes infected, it could lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.
It’s also important to remember that tooth cavities are pretty easy to fix with a quick filling. But as the tooth decay worsens, treatment will be much more intense and costly. The tooth may require a root canal or even have to be pulled from the mouth.
If you think you have a cavity, get it filled right away at Red Bank Smiles in NJ. Don’t forget to come in for regular checkups and cleanings, so we can take care of cavities before they get worse. Schedule an appointment online today.