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Did you know that cavities are simply another name for tooth decay? Fortunately, the number of cavities Americans have every year has decreased significantly. This is due in large part to increased awareness of the importance of oral health, including brushing and flossing to prevent cavities. But tooth decay is still a major problem in many areas. How much do you know about the various types of cavities?

These different types of cavities can sometimes be extremely easy to treat, but they could also be relatively difficult. The simplest type of cavity to address is a coronal cavity. These cavities, which are also referred to as a smooth surface decay cavity, typically result from poor oral hygiene and tend to form on the outside surfaces of your teeth. Fortunately, this type of cavity usually grows slowly.

Another type of cavity is known as pit and fissure decay. This type of cavity typically affects the back teeth on the chewing surfaces. Unlike surface decay cavities, pit and fissure decay can become serious extremely quickly. In other words, if you suspect this type of cavity, please remember to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

Finally, another type of cavity is known as root decay. This type of cavity only affects the surface of your teeth’s roots. This type of cavity is more common in adults who have receding gum line. Unfortunately, this type of cavity is also more difficult to treat, and could actually need root canal therapy.

Please note that not all tooth decay will result in cavities. If you’re interested in learning more about cavities, or about how we can treat cavities, please don’t hesitate to contact Foster Dental at 718-673-8060. Dr. Anthony Foster and our team are eager to hear from you soon.