4 True Facts About Cavities That May Surprise You
It’s true that cavities are relatively common. It’s also true that many people do not know much about them. At California Dental Group we are going to share four true facts about cavities that may surprise you. Once you get the details, contact us at (800) 407-0161 if you feel you need a cavity filled or a dental exam.
- Cavities are a form of tooth decay
- People of any age can get a cavity
- Sugar doesn’t rot your teeth
- The best way to prevent cavities is simple
When most people think of decay to their teeth, they imagine their teeth rotting, yellowing, and becoming crooked. While this is what tooth decay can look like, it more often looks like a cavity that is invisible to the naked eye. One study by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research showed that nearly one in four people between the ages of 20 and 64 have untreated tooth decay – and that when it is not treated it often turns into a cavity.
Cavities are often associated with children but the reality is that just about anyone of any age can get a cavity. In fact, a child who has their first baby tooth could potentially get a cavity. Likewise, a 100-year-old could get a cavity. In fact, older patients tend to have less saliva, and since saliva protects the teeth from bacteria, it can make them more susceptible to cavities.
That’s right – sugar doesn’t rot your teeth. That said, it does have a negative impact. Instead of actually rotting your teeth as many people think, it begins as acid production from the bacteria in your mouth. That acid then breaks down the teeth and can make it more likely for a cavity to form. Put simply, think about it like this: Sugar effectively is food for bacteria which then rots the teeth.
If you want to prevent cavities all you have to do is take good care of your teeth. This means good oral health care at home, regular visits to the dentist, and eating the right foods. Of course, no matter how well you take care of your teeth you cannot be 100% sure that you will not get a cavity. While much is controlled by the quality of your oral health care, there is also an element of genetics that you cannot prevent.
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The bottom line is that if you take good care of your teeth, then your chances of your teeth being in good shape for years to come is much higher. At California Dental Group we are proud to be a part of that solution. Contact us at (800) 407-0161 now and we will set you up with an appointment.