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The cavities found in your mouth are a type of tooth decay and should be taken care of as soon as possible by a dental professional. But, did you know there is more than one type of tooth cavity? Each of these cavities is unique, but they can all can harm your teeth if left unchecked.

Different types of cavities
The first type of cavity is most common in adults and children alike: coronal cavities. These cavities are generally found on the chewing surfaces on your teeth, but can also be found between your teeth in hard-to-reach places.

Adults and the elderly have to watch out for root cavities, which occur more often in older people. As you age, your gums begin to recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. Because these roots have no protective enamel, they are at a much higher risk for decay.

The last type of cavity effects those who have fillings and crowns. Since plaque and bacteria are prone to build up on these accessories, the surrounding teeth are often at risk for cavities.

What to do if you think you have cavities
Regular brushing and flossing can help to prevent cavities, but sometimes even all that isn’t enough. Cavities can still form, even if you practice excellent dental hygiene.

Cavities can harm your teeth and lead to larger dental issues if they aren’t filled as soon as possible. For more information about cavities, or to schedule an appointment, call Preferred Dental Care to meet with Dr. Chris A. Gipe, our dentist. Or, if you are experiencing discomfort and suspect the cause may be a cavity, you can visit our office in Los Alamitos, California, to ask questions and learn more about available treatment options.