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Most Common Causes of Dental Cavities

Woman with question marks around her headWe all know that the best way to prevent dental cavities is to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly. However, even if you do all of these things, there are still certain risk factors that can make you more susceptible to dental cavities. If you’re included in any of the following categories, practicing good oral hygiene may not be enough to protect you from developing dental cavities.

Common Causes of Dental Cavities

Below are some risk factors that can increase your odds of developing cavities:

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse – Alcohol leads to dry mouth and its acidity can wear away your tooth’s enamel. Hard drugs such as methamphetamine are notorious for causing tooth rot and other physical ailments.
  • Tobacco Use – Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco will not only lead to yellow, discolored teeth, but will also break down tooth enamel and cause dry mouth. Both of these increase the risk of dental cavities.
  • Eating Disorders – Anorexia deprives your body and teeth from getting the proper nutrients. If you aren’t getting calcium or phosphorus, your enamel may begin to weaken. Bulimia damages the tooth enamel by exposing it to harmful stomach acids during purging.
  • Natural Aging Process – Aging tends to cause the tooth enamel to weaken, allowing dental cavities and tooth decay to become more common. Aging can also put you at risk for gum recession and gingivitis.
  • Genetics – Just like anything else, genetics plays a role in your dental health. Your genes may cause you to have higher amounts of harmful bacteria in your mouth, putting you at a higher risk of dental cavities.

If you have any of the above risk factors, please don’t hesitate to contact SpringRock Dental and discuss them with us. We want to keep all of our dental patients happy and cavity-free! To make an appointment call our Aurora, Colorado family dental office today.  

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