Tooth Cavity Causes: What You Need to Know

A cavity is a defined as an empty space within a solid object. And that’s exactly what a tooth cavity is — a hole inside of a tooth. But in this case, that hole isn’t supposed to be there. It means the tooth is decaying and unhealthy. At Red Bank Smiles, we’ll be happy to repair your cavity, so that you can start feeling better.

But to prevent tooth cavities from getting worse, or from developing in the first place, it’s important to know what causes them.

What Causes a Tooth Cavity to Form?

Most cavities are caused by plaque, which forms after eating sugary snacks and then sticks to the teeth. This plaque contains bacteria that feed on sugars. The bacteria digest sugar, just like we digest the food we eat, and produce acid which collects on teeth in a process called caries. If this acid isn’t removed, it can create a cavity. This is why diet and good dental hygiene habits play a big role in preventing cavities – but there are some other causes, too.

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

What Happens If the Tooth Cavity Isn’t Treated?

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.

Take Care of Your Tooth Cavity Today

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.

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