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Surprising Facts About Cavities

Posted on 4/15/2017 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A woman suffering from severe tooth decay.
Cavities are not a fun topic, but they are a common problem that most dentists see on a regular basis. If you do what you can to prevent them, you are saving yourself time and money.

Catching them early so that your dentist can deal with them before they become a problem is best. Here are a few surprising facts that you may not realize about cavities.

Did You Know...
More than 90% of adults living in the United States, over the age of 40, have some form of a cavity that has not been treated in their mouth? It's true, and that number is not going down, despite increased calls for dental care.

Babies do not have any of the bacteria that causes cavities in their mouths? It's true also, because they only get that from a transmission of saliva from an adult, such as a parent or caregiver.

Sealants can help you prevent cavities? Most people believe that sealants are only for children, but that is not the case. People who receive consistent sealants have been shown to remain free of cavities for 5+ years at a time.

Tooth decay is the combination of bacteria that produce acid, teeth that are susceptible to decay, and foods that offer a lot of nourishment to that bacteria. Without any of those three items, tooth decay cannot happen.

In order to find out more about cavities and tooth decay, go in and speak with your dentist. If you are one of that 90% group, make sure you go in for a thorough examination. Your dentist should take a good look around your mouth, and let you know if there are any problem areas to treat. While you are there, you can also schedule an appointment to come back for sealants!

Please contact our office today if you have any questions about your oral health.

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