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What Causes Cavities?

August 28, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Shane Ruggless
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Cavities are a common issue today, and even if you keep up with your at-home dental care and dental visits, they can still occur. The best way to ensure that cavities don't turn into more serious issues is to visit your dentist often for exams and cleanings, and for cavity treatments

Knowing what causes cavities can help patients to prevent them. Here's some of the ways cavities develop: 

  • Plaque formation: Once plaque forms on your teeth, it begins to wear your teeth down, and remove some of the things that make your teeth strong, like enamel. This typically begins to form after long periods without proper care on your teeth, although some people are more likely to have plaque develop. Once plaque develops, acid begins to form, and thats what causes tooth decay. 
  • High-sugar diets: Bacteria forms on your teeth often because of the consumption of high amounts of sugar. Sugar can be found in more things than you think, so it's common for this to be the main cause behind your cavities. 
  • Poor care: Because plaque can build up quickly, your at-home care is vital towards preventing cavities. If you aren't brushing and flossing regularly, you are more likely to have issues with cavity formation, and potentially, more serious issues if not addressed quickly. Cavities left untreated can turn into deeper decay, which might require a root canal. 
  • Missing dental appointments: While your at-home routine is extremely important, there's a level of deep cleaning that can't be achieved on your own. This is where your dentist comes in. You should visit the dentist for an exam and cleaning once every six months to ensure that your teeth are kept clean, and to address any cavities before they become more serious. 

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