Cavities

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What Are Cavities?

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A cavity, also called tooth decay, is a hole that forms in your tooth. Cavities start small and gradually become bigger when they’re left untreated. Because many cavities don’t cause pain in the beginning, it can be hard to realize that a problem exists. Regular dental appointments can detect tooth decay early.

Finding out that you have a cavity might come as a surprise. This is especially true if you think you have a good oral hygiene routine. However, even if your dentist delivers this news, there are ways to treat a cavity and prevent new ones from forming.

Symptoms of Tooth Cavities

The symptoms of a cavity depend on the severity of the decay.
They include:

What causes cavities

Causes of Tooth Cavities

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Tooth cavities are caused by plaque, a sticky substance that binds to teeth. Plaque is a combination of:

Prevent Cavities from Forming

Preventing cavities has all to do with how well you take care of your teeth.
Brushing and flossing twice a day and seeing your dentist for a cleaning every 6 months is the key to keeping cavities at bay.

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