What is a cavity, really? The word “cavity” refers to a hole or space found somewhere on the human body, and in this case, it refers to a hole in a tooth. But, cavities aren’t just empty, hollow holes in your teeth. In fact, the hole is actually tooth decay, which, when left unchecked, forms a cavity. Because cavities are created by tooth decay, they are far from harmless and should be taken care of as soon as possible.
Types of cavities
When it comes to tooth decay, there is more than one type of cavity you have to watch out for. The first type of cavity is the most common: coronal cavities. These cavities are usually found on the chewing surfaces of your teeth, but can also be found in-between your teeth.
The second type to watch out for is root cavities, which occur more often in adults and the elderly. As you get older, your gums begin to recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. These roots have no protective enamel, which puts them at higher risk for decay.
The last cavities affect those who have fillings and crowns. Since plaque is prone to build upon these accessories, surrounding teeth are often at risk for cavities.
What to do if you think you have cavities
Regular brushing and flossing can help to prevent cavities, but sometimes even all that isn’t enough. Cavities can still form, even if you practice excellent dental hygiene.
A dentist is the only person who can know for certain if you have a cavity. If you suspect you may have a cavity, you should immediately call Smith & Stahr, P.S.C. to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Smith, our dentist. Or, if you are experiencing discomfort and suspect a cavity, you can visit our office in Lexington, Kentucky, to ask questions and learn more about available treatment options.