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Types of Cavities [DIAGRAM]

According to the Mayo Clinic, “cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, not cleaning your teeth well, frequent snacking and sipping sugary drinks” (Source).

You are probably fairly familiar with cavities, but do you know the different types of cavities? There are three different types: the smooth surface cavity, the pit and fissure cavity, and the root cavity.

Take a look at this diagram that illustrates the three different types:

Here’s what the Mayo Clinic describes the three different types of cavities:

“Smooth surface cavities occur on the smooth sides of your teeth, while root cavities develop on the surface over the roots. Pit and fissure cavities occur on the chewing surface of your teeth” (Source).

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