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Dental cavity refers to a  decayed tooth. When the food that we eat remains stuck to the tooth, germs grow on the tooth eating away on it. This causes a hole in the tooth, where food and bacteria get lodged and continue decaying the tooth further. 
What is a dental cavity? 
A dental cavity needs three things to happen. First is germs. Germs remain and grow on your teeth if you donot brush and floss properly. Second is food, especially sweets. Food remains stuck to your teeth if you donot rinse after every meal. And third is a weak tooth. Like some people with unhealthy diets and lifestyle are more prone to infections, so do the teeth become strong with proper care.
Why do I get a dental cavity? 
A cavity will require a filling . Deep cavities that have caused infection in the roots will need root canal treatment (RCT) . In some cases, where the cavity is deep but has not yet caused infection in the tooth roots, a medicament can be put beneath the filling to prevent the infection from spreading into the roots.  
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. How do I know if I have a cavity in my tooth? - You may see a cavity as a brownish or blackish spot or line on a tooth. You can also suspect a dental cavity by food getting lodged in a particular tooth or between teeth, or by pain or sensitivity to cold food. However, the only sure way of knowing is by a dental examination. 
  2. Can I just leave the cavity like that if it is not causing me any pain? - Very early stages of dental decay can be stopped without treatment if you start maintaining better oral hygiene. However, once it becomes a cavity where germs and food are getting lodged, it will invariably progress to painful infection in the tooth roots.  
  3. How can I prevent a tooth cavity? - Now that you know the three things that cause dental cavities, it's easy to prevent them. One, brush and floss regularly and properly. Two, rinse thoroughly after every meal. Three, avoid unhealthy dietary habits like snacking between meals and excessive sweet intake. Sweets should especially be avoided at the end of dinner. Sticky sweets like caramel chocolates are more harmful for the teeth as they are not rinsed away easily. Four, see your dentist for regular dental check-ups to detect early cavities. And five, make your teeth more resistant to cavities with fluoride and sealants.  
 
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