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Four Common Causes of Cavities

December 19, 2022

Cavities are one of the most common ailments for all ages. In fact, according to the CDC, 1 in 4 adults aged 20 to 64 currently has at least one cavity. Many factors play a role in the development of cavities, though there are some habits and lifestyle factors that increase the risk. Here are four common causes of cavities.

1. Inadequate Dental Care

Proper brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist are required to fight tooth decay and cavities. Ignoring these steps is the fastest way to leave your teeth vulnerable to acids in plaque that dissolve tooth enamel, creating cavities or holes. Keeping up a dental routine can decrease this risk significantly. Be sure to brush for two minutes twice daily, floss once daily and get a professional cleaning every six months.

2. Poor Diet

Everything you consume matters when it comes to your dental health. Foods and drinks loaded with sugar or those that are highly acidic wreak havoc on your teeth. After a meal, bacteria in your mouth feast on sugars from sweet foods and starches. This can lead to weakened enamel and tooth decay. 

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3. Dry Mouth

Naturally, salvia features properties that inhibit the growth of plaque. If your mouth is excessively dry, the plaque-fighting powers of salvia aren’t around to keep the bacteria that cause tooth decay at bay. Drinking water throughout the day is one easy way to combat dry mouth.

4. Genetics 

Unfortunately, some people are more susceptible to cavities due to their genetics. If your genes leave you more prone to tooth decay and cavities, being more proactive and vigilant in your dental care can help minimize potential issues. 

If you have any questions about cavities or you’re in need of a cleaning, the entire team at Beall Dental Center is ready to help! Give us a call or schedule your appointment HERE. We look forward to caring for your smile.

About Beall Dental Center

Beall Dental Center is now under the leadership and management of Dr. Bowen Beall, son of original founding partner Dr. Avery Beall and offers the latest in dental and aesthetic treatments with a commitment to providing the finest in patient service.


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