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Types of Cavities and How to Prevent Them  

Types of Cavities and How to Prevent Them  


Enamel Dental wants you to enjoy a healthy and fantastic smile! Our team is committed to educating our clients about the best ways they can prevent different types of cavities. Did you know there are different stages of tooth decay? Book your oral health checkup before the upcoming holidays to ensure nothing takes your smile away this season.


How To Prevent Cavities


Daily brushing and flossing and using mouthwash immediately come to mind. Listening to your mouth is important. It is best to address any sensitivity or issues as soon as they arise for best results. Putting off your dental appointment is easy to do. We understand how busy life can get. However, you can’t take care of anyone else until you take care of yourself first!

There are plenty of additional things you can do to keep your smile radiant including:

  • Upgrading to an electric toothbrush
  • Choosing expanding dental floss
  • Try a Waterpik
  • Limiting sugary Halloween candy binges
  • Brushing your tongue, roof of your mouth, gums and everywhere!
  • Updating your medical history with us if you start new medications
  • Dental sealants
  • Maintain regular dental appointments with us

How Long Does It Take For A Cavity To Form?

Everyone is different and of course, diet and genetic factors can play a role. Many cavities are found initially on your dental X-Rays and this is one of the main reasons we like to keep your X-Rays up-to-date.

Did you know that it takes quite a while for a cavity to develop? It can take months for a cavity to get to the point that it needs attention, depending on the level of oral hygiene and other contributing factors. Visiting us every six months is one of the best ways you can be proactive with your oral health.


3 Types of Cavities

The three kinds of cavities include smooth surface decay, root decay and pit and fissure decay.

Smooth Surface Decay: Generally found on the exterior flat portion of the teeth. This type of cavity forms when bacteria is not adequately removed daily and plaque bacteria builds up. Proper brushing and flossing can help prevent future cavities.

Root Decay: This is the main kind of decay found in adults who often have receding gums. This type of cavity affects the roots surfaces of the teeth.

Pit and Fissure Decay: This issue develops the back teeth on the chewing surfaces. It can be prevented with proper oral care and inconsistent cleaning may be the culprit.

Six Stages Of Tooth Decay

Our helpful and experienced team has the tools to give your smile the professional care and attention it deserves. The six stages of tooth decay are as follows: White Spots, Enamel Decay, Dentin Decay, Pulp Involvement, Abscess Formation and Tooth Loss.

Avoid the Decay Delay & Call Your Penticton Dentist Today!

Don’t ignore your symptoms. If you are experiencing any dental pain, sensitivity or issues with chewing, bad breath or toothache, call our office right away. The earliest stages we can catch tooth decay in, the better. Don’t be embarrassed if you have let your smile get away from you. We are here to help.

Contact us today to book your appointment.


Enamel Dental wants to help you avoid all types of cavities!