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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
  • children
  • 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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Online Resources of Oral Health

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