Are You Inviting Cavities?

Published:January 11th, 2012

Of course, everyone can get cavities in their teeth but some people are at higher risk than others. Knowing what the risk factors are puts you in a position to avoid badly decayed teeth and leaves you able to improve your oral health.

What are the Risk Factors?

  1. Having cavities. The chances are that if you have one cavity, you are likely to develop more – your lifestyle is probably conducive to it.
  2. Eating a lot of foods that are acidic or sugary. The bacteria in your mouth turn sugar into acid that eats away at your teeth. Foods high in acid already can erode and weaken your teeth.
  3. Bad oral hygiene. Bacteria need to be cleared out regularly. By not brushing and flossing daily, you leave them a lot of room to breed.
  4. Low levels of Fluoride. Fluoride makes the tooth enamel stronger.
  5. Bad dental work. When dental work doesn’t fit properly it creates areas that bacteria can hide away in.
  6. Family history. This is more about the habits you learned as a child. Chances are that if your parents had bad teeth, you will also.
  7. Dry mouth. Saliva helps to rinse out the bacteria so if your mouth is dry you can have a problem.
  8. Eating disorders. Teeth need proper nutrition to be strong. If you are not eating properly, you won’t be getting the right nutrition. If you are bulimic as well, you will damage your teeth because of the acidity in your vomit.
  9. Sparse Dentist Visits. No matter how careful your dental hygiene, you need regular check-ups to clean up the teeth and to check for cavities.

No Way to Win?

You may now feel as though fighting cavities is a losing battle but you can easily lower your risks. Make the right choices in terms of diet, look after teeth properly and visit your dentist at least twice a year in order to reduce the risk of cavities.

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