The Three Types of Cavities

Oral Hygiene Bethlehem & Allentown PAIt’s been a hot summer so you better believe we’ve been enjoying some cold treats lately. But, those snow cones, milkshakes, and popsicles might not be so nice for your teeth. Have you ever taken a bite of something cold and felt a little twinge of pain? Sometimes that little shock is due to sensitivity, but other times it could mean that you have a cavity. There are three types of cavities you should avoid. Keep reading to learn about them.

Smooth Surface Cavities

The smooth sides of your teeth are susceptible to sticky plaque and bacteria that cling to the sides of your teeth without a problem. Normal eating and drinking will leave these deposits behind, so it’s important to brush all parts of your teeth carefully. Also, remember that cavities can occur between the teeth, so flossing regularly will help whisk those deposits away and prevent cavities from setting up shop.

Pit and Fissure Cavities

The molars help you chew your food, but they can also hold on to some of it after you’re done eating. That’s because your molars have little grooves on top to help you grab and grind food. Painful cavities can result if plaque is allowed to sit for too long, so make sure to brush thoroughly and drink a lot of water to flush any trapped food from the little nooks in your teeth.

Root Cavities

This is one place you definitely don’t want to get a cavity. The root of your tooth is most susceptible to cavities when combined with other issues, like receding gums or dry mouth. This is because of two things: the roots of the teeth don’t have a protective enamel coating, and dry mouth can cause gum disease. When the gums aren’t functioning properly, the root can become exposed to plaque, which can then work faster to create a cavity. Brush gently to protect your gums, and make sure to supplement your diet with hydrating foods and drinks if you take medication that gives you dry mouth.

Cavities are no fun, so preventing them is key! If you’re due for a check-up, or if you think you may have a cavity, call us today at (610) 861-0190 to schedule an appointment.

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