Anyone of any age can get cavities. Cavities are caused from tooth decay that can affect the enamel (outer part of the tooth) and the dentin (inner part of the tooth). Your mouth has bacteria in it, which is normal. Some bacteria is even good. But there are bad bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Tooth decay is the precursor to cavities and it occurs when bacteria in your mouth release acids that eat away at the tooth. When this happens you can feel pain.
The primary cause of tooth decay and cavities is from a thin white film commonly known as plaque.
Bacteria is not the only cause of tooth decay and cavities. It can also be caused by a combination of both bacteria and food. Acidic foods and drinks such as lemonade can wear down the enamel on your teeth. Sugar in soft drinks can also be harmful to your enamel.
Leading Cavity Causes
- Improper Brushing
- Lack of Flossing
- Sugary Drinks
- Acidic Foods and Drinks
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