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Do All Adults Have Cavities?
Posted on 12/30/2019 by office
Cavities, or tooth decay, are a common oral health problem that affects most people. They are caused when the bacteria in your mouth feed off the sugars from the foods you consume and release acids into your mouth. The acids erode your enamel which protects the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to tooth decay.
When cavities are not treated in time, they get larger and also affect the deeper layers of the teeth, which can lead to oral infections, toothaches, and tooth loss. Who are more prone to cavities, adults or younger people?
Do Cavities affect Adults?
Anyone, including infants, are at risk of getting cavities. However, cavities are more common in children, teenagers, and senior citizens. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the number of adults aged between 20 and 64 suffering from cavities has been on the decline since the early 19790s.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the major risk for cavities in adults is as a result of reduced saliva production as they get older. Saliva helps in cleaning the teeth and neutralizing the acids in the mouth. Without enough saliva, your oral health is in danger.
Adults may also experience receding gums. This may expose the roots of the teeth to bacteria that can cause decay. Another factor that may lead to cavities in adults is the inability to observe proper dental routine because of chronic diseases such as arthritis, poor vision, and cognitive problems.
As an adult, you are just as vulnerable to cavities as children. You should proactively protect your oral health. Besides observing proper oral hygiene, you should also regularly visit our clinic for checkups. Dental problems should be treated early before they become serious. Our professionals can also recommend good dental care products for use at home. Schedule an appointment with our office today.