Your personal habits largely determine your risk of cavities. Most important amongst them include regular visits to the dentist. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene on a daily basis is as important.
How frequently do you visit your dentist?
How often do you brush your teeth with a flouridated toothpaste?
How often do you floss your teeth?
How often do you eat sweet snacks or sugary foods daily?
Do you use a flouridated mouth rinse on a daily basis?
Your personal health history impacts your risk of getting cavities. You might be at a higher risk of cavities if you have had cavities in the past. Certain medical conditions such as having a dry mouth can also make you more susceptible to cavities.
Do you currently have any spots or holes in your teeth, or have sensitive teeth?
Have you had any cavities filled or teeth restorations done recently?
Do you often feel that your mouth is dry?
Do you currently wear braces, dentures, retainers or other orthodontic appliances?
Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, is a gradual destruction of teeth caused due to acids, made by bacteria in your mouth. Cavities may occur in form of different colors ranging from black to yellow. The symptoms of cavities include sensitivity in teeth, pain, and difficulty eating. If untreated, cavities can cause inflammation, infections, tooth loss or sepsis.
Some cavities risk factors are beyond your control but in most cases you can significantly reduce your risk of having cavities. It is important to talk to your dentist if you have risk factors that can develop into cavities.
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