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Tooth Decay Is Not Just For Kids

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Dr McMurray
Tooth Decay Is Not Just For KidsThere's a lot of attention paid to tooth decay when you're a kid because kids are just learning good oral health skills, and they need guidance to help them protect their teeth. As you grow into adulthood, however, there is less emphasis paid to dental health. While nearly 90% of all Americans have at least one cavity, one in four Americans have a cavity in adulthood- which means adults need to practice better brushing and flossing techniques. If you have been neglecting your oral health, here are some facts on tooth decay and why it is so important to have good oral hygiene.

Why You Should Worry

Tooth decay isn't just for kids. When you get tooth decay, it means that bacteria have invaded your tooth. Over time, the acids from the bacteria eat away at the enamel of your tooth, which forms a cavity. The cavity can continue to eat away at your tooth until it reaches the tooth pulp, which is the center of your tooth, and it is filled with soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. The bacteria can invade the pulp of your tooth and cause a serious infection. If it isn't treated, the infection can spread to other teeth and your gums, and you could lose the tooth. That's why it is so important to brush and floss your teeth every day.

By brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, you are getting rid of the film of bacteria that stays on your teeth, which keeps your teeth healthy and strong. Good dental habits also help your gum health as well. If you aren't sure whether you are brushing and flossing correctly, a dentist can help you make sure you have good dental practices. A dentist will also be able to check for signs of tooth decay and gum disease.
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