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Difference Between Tooth Decay and Cavity

Posted on 8/22/2022 by Life Long Dental
Difference Between Tooth Decay and CavityTooth decay and cavities have been used interchangeably by many of our patients, although they mean two different conditions. The two terms are associated as one leads to the development of the other. But what's the real difference between the two?

Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugary contents left around the teeth and gumlines and unattended food particles. The bacteria produce acids as their byproducts and deposit them on tooth enamel and in the grooves. Poor dental care leads to the accumulation of plaque and tartar, which eats away at the enamel exposing the inner teeth parts. This results in a hole in the tooth structure called the cavity.

In unfortunate cases, the situations may worsen when left untreated, leading to the development of the root cavity and the exposure of the sensitive nerve endings. Therefore, if you feel pain near your tooth's root, please visit our dentist for a further checkup.

Causes of Tooth Decay and Cavities

The most prevalent causes of tooth decay and cavities are the intake of sugary foods and acidic beverages. Remember, the sugar contents and the acidity produced by the bacteria can wreak havoc in your mouth. We advise limiting the number of sugar contents taken to minimize the risks associated with acidic production on our teeth. Furthermore, proper dental hygiene, which includes frequent brushing your teeth, will flush away bacteria and carbohydrates deposited in your mouth. Include flossing your dental hygiene measures to ensure even the remains accumulation in hard-to-reach areas by the toothbrushes are eliminated.

A dry mouth offers fertile ground for the bacteria to live in and causes detrimental effects. Saliva production flushes away bacteria eliminating chances of plaque and tartar formation. Therefore, ensure you chew sugarless gums and drink sufficient water to fuel the production of saliva in your mouth.
If you experience tooth decay or cavities symptoms, visit our offices for medical treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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