Common Causes of Cavities

general-dentistry-dentonics-pittsburghEven today, cavities and tooth decay are some of the most common general dentistry problems. They are caused by a combination of factors and left untreated can lead to serious health consequences. While children and the elderly are more likely to develop cavities, people can get them at any stage of life.

There are many factors that can increase your risk. Among the most common risk factors are:

  • Location of the tooth – Molars and premolars are more likely to develop cavities because the shape of these teeth creates surfaces where food particles can accumulate and bacteria can thrive. Rear teeth are often harder to keep clean as well.
  • Sugary foods and drinks – The sugars we consume linger in the mouth for some time where they become sustenance for harmful bacteria. Sugary foods and drinks are often sticky, too. This makes them cling to the surfaces of the teeth and gums for much longer than other food particles.
  • Acidic foods and drinks – Most of the foods and drinks we consume are acidic to a certain degree, but the more acidic a food is, the more likely that it can damage the protective enamel on the teeth.
  • Inadequate cleaning – The best defense for exposure to sugary or acidic foods is great dental hygiene and teeth cleaning. When these substances are left for long periods of time, the harm they cause intensifies and can lead to gum disease and even loss of the tooth.

If you are in Pittsburgh and you have a cavity that needs to be treated or you want to schedule a general dentistry check-up, please contact Dentonics, Inc. using the form on this page or call 412-487-6910 today.

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