Tooth Cavities & Dental Disease
Approximately 46,500 children and young people under 19 were admitted to the hospital for a primary diagnosis of dental caries in 2013–2014. This statistic comes from The State of Children’s Oral Health in England report by the Faculty of Dental Surgery. This number greater than children admitted to the hospital for tonsillitis.
As a nation, if we’re going to reduce these hospital admissions for young people we need to get the dental disease under control. Dental cavities arise when the bacteria in your mouth secrete acid. This acid attacks the hard enamel of your teeth and can continue to penetrate deep into the tooth structure.
If this acid attack is left unchecked then the tooth can become seriously infected. The only way to stop the dental cavity from continuing to grow is to visit the dentist, have caries removed and then have the hole filled.