What is a cavity?
A cavity (also referred to as a dental carie) is a hole in the tooth that can grow bigger and deeper over time, resulting in tooth decay. They are usually caused by the buildup of acid-plaque, a sticky, slimy substance on the teeth made up of bacteria. This acid-plaque occurs when bacteria feast on sugars present in the mouth.
Effects of a cavity
If left unchecked, cavities can grow in size, weakening the structure of the tooth and eventually resulting in the development of painful abscesses, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. The cavity could get larger and eventually affect the tooth root if it’s not repaired with a filling. If you catch cavities early, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of tooth loss.