Tooth Decay (Caries or Cavities)
Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities -- a highly preventable disease caused by bacteria with many contributing factors.
The answer is that everyone who has a mouth is at risk for tooth decay. We all host bacteria in our mouths which makes everyone a potential target for cavities. Risk factors that put a person at a higher risk for tooth decay include:
- A diet high in sweets, carbohydrates, and sugars
- Living in communities with limited or no fluoridated water supplies
- Poor oral hygiene
- Reduced salivary flow
- Being a child
- Being an older adult
Preventing tooth decay and cavities involves five simple steps:
- Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day, for 4-5 minutes each time, with a fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth daily.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and limit or eliminate sugary snacks.
- Consult your physician or dentist regarding the supplemental use of fluoride and/or dental sealants to protect teeth against bacteria.
- Schedule routine (every six months) dental cleanings and examinations for yourself and your family.
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