Cavities and tooth decay are among the world's most common health problems. They're especially common in children, teenagers and older adults however your mouth can suffer from cavities or tooth decay during any stage in your life. Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Tooth Decay occurs when plaque, the sticky, bacteria-laden film that collects on your teeth between brushings, if this plaque is not removed it can develop into a cavity. If cavities and tooth decay aren't treated early enough, they can lead to more serious problems requiring treatments such as root canal therapy.
The best defence against both cavities and tooth decay is a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. It is also important to make regular visits to your dentists for early detection of problems. For more information about cavities and tooth decay contact the dental team at Smiles at SummerHill Dental in Newmarket, Ontario