Cavities are for kids, right? Not so fast. While most cases of cavities involve children, adults get them, too. The potential for dental decay doesn’t go away as we get older. Anyone of any age can get a cavity, which is a hole in a tooth caused by plaque acids eating away at tooth enamel and dentin. Greenville SC dentist Dr. Jason Stack offers economical, effective cavity prevention for children and adults.
Tooth decay knows no age limit. Kids are more prone to cavities because their teeth are softer. Enamel on young teeth hasn’t fully hardened yet. The minerals that toughen our teeth need time to strengthen and provide optimal protection against attack by decay-causing acids.
Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings deter the damaging effects of plaque. Slack off on any of these things, and you could increase your risk of tooth decay. Other factors contributing to adult tooth decay include:
- Eating a diet high in sugary foods
- Diminished saliva flow
- Insufficient fluoride
If you drink bottled water, you might not get the fluoride you need for strong teeth. A professional fluoride treatment helps strengthen tooth enamel to defend against assault by the acids that cause tooth decay.
Sealants coat teeth to provide a barrier to decay. They also make back teeth easier to clean by smoothing the bumpy surfaces.
Fluoride treatments and dental sealants are proven cavity fighters. They’re easy to apply, economical, and provide excellent protection against dental decay.
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Got questions? We’ve got answers! Call today to schedule an appointment with Greenville SC dentist Dr. Stack and learn how to keep your smile happy, healthy, and strong.