Cavities are most common in children and young adults, but they can develop at any age. According to statistics, 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have experienced cavities in their permanent teeth. As you can see cavities are common. One of the major reasons there is so much tooth decay is because our diets overwhelmingly consist of sugars and starches. Lack of proper oral hygiene is another reason. Are some people at a higher risk for cavities than others? And if so who? Are you at risk for cavities?
Tooth decay is caused by the combination of pathogenic bacteria that naturally exist in your mouth and the sugars and starches they feed on. When the bacteria metabolize sugar and the starches that break down into sugar, they convert it into acid which disintegrates tooth enamel resulting in decay. The concoction of pathogenic bacteria, sugar, and acid creates an invisible substance called plaque which sticks to your teeth. Plaque tends to be most prevalent between teeth, along the gum line, at the edges of fillings, and on molars. They are the places most cavities are found.
There are certain groups of people at higher risk for cavities than others. These include:
- Both children and adults from lower-income families
- Senior citizens regardless of socio-economic status
- Those who drink large amounts of carbonated and sugary beverages
- People living in areas with non-fluoridated water
- Tobacco users
- Alcohol and drug users
- Individuals receiving radiation therapy
- Individuals with certain diseases
- People taking certain medications
To help avoid cavities practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentists twice yearly for professional cleanings.
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Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.