What Causes Cavities?

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Plain and simple, cavities are caused by any of the following reasons: bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and not cleaning your teeth well (Mayo Clinic Staff, “Cavities/Tooth Decay”). The combination of inadequate or lack of brushing, flossing, and not rinsing with mouth wash can leave your teeth filled with plaque. Add sugary drinks and snacks to the mix, and plaque is kept in constant contact with your teeth and saliva, further allowing for the breakdown of your teeth’s enamel.

Surprisingly, cavities affect individuals of all age groups, including: infants, teenagers, and older adults. Older adults, ages fifty and upward are more commonly treated for periodontal (or gum) disease. According to the American Dental Association:

It’s common for people over age 50 to have tooth-root decay. Decay around the edges, or a margin, of fillings is also common for older adults. Because many older adults lacked benefits of fluoride and modern preventive dental care when they were growing up, they often have a number of dental fillings (“Cavities”).

Regardless of age, it’s important to take care of cavities as soon as they’re diagnosed. Remember: Cavities are tiny holes in your teeth that need to be filled, so as to avoid bigger oral health issues. Any of our dentists would be happy to individually discuss the diagnosis and treatment of cavities with you!

Works Cited

“Cavities/Tooth Decay.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 30 May 2014. Web. 28 Dec. 2015.

“Cavities.” Mouth Healthy. American Dental Association. Web. 28 Dec. 2015.