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.
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.
If you already have a cavity, the dentist should be able to spot it when you submit your Toothpic case and will be able to advise you on the course of action you should take. If you are at risk of developing cavities, you can find out more about what you can do to prevent them.
Catch a cavity early and reduce the chance of tooth loss. Download Toothpic and get your report now.