Tooth Decay (Caries or Cavities)
What is tooth decay (caries or cavities)?
Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities - a highly preventable disease caused by many factors.
Who is at risk for tooth decay?
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:
- persons with diets high in sweets, carbohydrates, and sugars
- persons who live in communities with limited or no fluoridated water supplies
- senior citizens
Preventing tooth decay:
Preventing tooth decay and cavities involves five simple steps:
- Brush your teeth, tongue, and gums twice a day 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 plaque.
- Schedule routine (every six months) dental cleanings and examinations for you and your family.
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