What are root caries?

Root caries are a major concern for seniors. When gums recede as you age, the tooth roots are exposed to bacteria and are more vulnerable to decay. Unlike teeth, which are covered by enamel, the tooth roots are covered by softer material called cementum. Majority of seniors with receding gums, taking medications that reduce saliva flow suffer more with root cavities. If left unchecked, tooth root caries may cause pain, infections, and loss of teeth. Hence, it is important for seniors to see their dentist regularly to help prevent root caries and other dental problems.