It’s no secret that cavities are common for sugar-loving children with developing teeth. In fact, according to the CDC, dental carries (cavities) is the number one disease that affects children. But that doesn’t mean adults aren’t equally affected by the all-too-common cavity. Today, around 90% of people have had at least one cavity in their lifetime, and although nation-wide cavity rates have declined in recent years, they are still a major issue for adults and children alike. The good news is that cavities are easily preventable; all it takes is a little knowledge and proactive care. In the video above, we discuss five of the most common culprits that cause cavities, along with simple tips you can follow each day to prevent them from arising in the future.
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Do you brush and floss daily, but still get cavities? These most common causes could be the reason:
1. Poor oral hygiene
The longer you wait to brush after meals, allows more time for erosive acids to eat away the protective enamel of your teeth.
2. High Sugar and/or Acidic Diets
Diets high in sugar and/or acidity increase the amount of bacteria on the teeth, increasing your risk of cavities.
3. Missing Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams
Regular visits to your dentist, at least every 6 months, for an exam and cleaning will help prevent cavities and be able to catch tooth decay when it is just starting, before causing pain, infection and requiring more treatment to resolve.
Genetics determine the level of hardness of the protective enamel of your teeth.
Children and the Elderly are more vulnerable to the acids that eat away protective enamel.
Be sure to speak with your Las Cruces Dentist or Dental Hygienist here at Las Cruces Dental Solutions for more information about the common causes of cavities and learn how you can best prevent cavities!