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Cavities may all look the same. And if they start to hurt, they will all feel the same: painful. To us, a cavity is a cavity. But there are three different kinds of cavities, and as our dentist, Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki will tell you, you don’t want any of them.

If you already have a filling or even a crown, you might be at risk for a recurrent cavity. A recurrent cavity is formed when plaque and food debris builds up between your dental work and your tooth, and new tooth decay sets in. Most people experience coronal cavities. Those form on the chewing or biting surfaces, or between the teeth. Finally, we have root cavities. Older people may experience root cavities as their gums recede. When gums recede, the root of the tooth becomes exposed and vulnerable to decay.

Fortunately, preventing cavities is easy! Keep cavities at bay drinking plenty of water, and avoiding foods and drinks that have a high sugar content. You should also remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams.

If you want to know more about preventing cavities, or if it is just time for your appointment, we would love to see you at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS! If you live in the Union, New Jersey, area, call 908-688-1160 to schedule a time to come and see us.