Tooth decay (also known as cavities or dental caries) occurs when the plaque bacteria that collect on teeth use sugar to produce acid. These acids attack the enamel tissue surrounding your teeth, eating away at it until a hole develops. There are several different types of cavities, including the following:
- Coronal Cavities: These are the most common types of cavities because they develop on the chewing surface of teeth and in between them as well. The chewing surface is very susceptible to decay because it has ridges and pits that easily trap plaque, while the areas between the teeth are difficult to clean.
- Root Cavities: If periodontal disease or old age have caused your gum tissue to recede and expose the tooth roots, then you may develop a root cavity. Your tooth roots are vulnerable to acids because they are not surrounded by hard enamel tissue like the tooth crown.
- Recurrent Decay: This type of decay forms around dental fillings and crowns, which create areas that easily trap food and plaque bacteria.
- Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: This occurs in the baby teeth of infants who repeatedly fall asleep with a bottle or who have their bottle filled with sugary juices.
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