Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cavities: The Adult Dental Connection!

Sure, you brush your teeth and floss regularly, so you might think you're off the hook when it comes to the dental chair. However, it's just as important for adults to get regular dental exams as it it for kids. Cavities are common among adults, with 92% of people aged 18 to 64 having had cavities in their permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Our mouths are teaming with hundreds of types of bacteria. Some are helpful and maintain good health, while others are harmful.  Certain types of bacteria process the sugars in food and release acid in return.  Although minor decay can be naturally reversed by the body, if the decay progresses beyond the body's ability to reverse it, the acid will continue to wear away the enamel and create small holes in the surface of the teeth.

While some people are naturally more prone to cavities than others, making a few lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your likelihood of developing cavities, including the following.

  • Food Choices
    • Eating fresh fruits and vegetables increases saliva production, which reduces the cavity risk.
  • Beverages
    • Replace all sugary drinks with unsweetened tea or fresh, unflavored water, which rinses your mouth and helps to prevent decay.
  • Fluoridated Water
    • Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical that facilitates enamel growth and strength.
  • Home Care
    • Brushing and flossing removes harmful bacteria that cause cavities to develop.

One of the most important steps in cavity prevention is visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Consistent dental exams ensure that cavities are caught early, before they cause major damage to your teeth.

For more information about avoiding cavities, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

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