Posted by Covington Dentistry on May 8 2019, 08:17 AM
People can get tooth decay and cavities at any age. Cavities are holes in the teeth developed due to the erosion of tooth enamel by the acid in the mouth. If cavities are left untreated for long, they can cause toothache and infection.
Tooth decay and cavities are very common among people of all age groups. Studies say more than 80% of Americans get at least one cavity by the time they are in their mid-30s.
Tooth decay and cavities result from plaque, a sticky substance that is a combination of bacteria, saliva, acid, and food debris in the mouth.
When we consume sugary foods or drinks, the bacteria present in our mouth converts the sugar into acid and promotes plaque formation. The acid present in plaque can erode tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.
Though everyone can get cavities, you are at a higher risk of getting cavities if you:
In its initial stages, tooth decay occurs on the outer enamel and doesn’t cause any symptoms. However, when they are left untreated, the decay can progress into the dentin and tooth root, leading to the following symptoms:
An untreated tooth cavity can lead to several complications. These include:
For more dental care tips, schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Yeh, DDS at Covington Signature Dentistry. Call our dental office at (253) 638-9955.
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