Tooth Decay and Cavities
Tooth decay is caused by plaque, which is caused by bacteria that is not removed regularly by brushing and flossing daily. A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by tooth decay. Cavities usually do not cause any symptoms until they are very large.
- Toothache -- particularly after sweet, hot, or cold foods and drinks
- Tooth sensitivity
- Visible pits or holes in the teeth
An untreated cavity can result in a tooth abscess. Untreated tooth decay also destroys the internal structures of the tooth (pulp) and ultimately causes the loss of the tooth.
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