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Common Risk Factors for Developing Dental Cavities

Woman with food optionsMost people know enough about dental cavities to understand how to prevent them and how they develop. We know that good at-home oral hygiene in addition to regular visits to the dentist are the best ways to keep dental cavities at bay. However, even if you practice perfect at-home oral hygiene, there are some risk factors that can make you more vulnerable to developing cavities.

Common Risk Factors for Developing Dental Cavities

Below are a few of the common risk factors for developing cavities. If you’re included in the following categories, having a good oral hygiene routine may not be enough to prevent dental cavities:

  • Genetics – Just like anything else, our genes play a huge role in our dental health. Some people are more likely to have a higher number of harmful bacteria in their mouths, which will put them at a higher risk of developing cavities and tooth decay.
  • Tobacco Use – Tobacco use such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco are bad for your physical health as well as your dental health. The use of these products will cause teeth to become yellowed and discolored and will break down the tooth enamel, making you more vulnerable to dental cavities and tooth decay.
  • Drug & Alcohol Use – Drugs such as methamphetamine or other hard drugs are known for causing tooth rot and other dangerous physical problems. Additionally, the acidic nature of alcohol will eat away at tooth enamel and can cause dry mouth.
  • Eating Disorders – Different eating disorders can damage the teeth in different ways. For example, bulimia damages the tooth enamel by constantly exposing the teeth to harmful stomach acid during purging. Anorexia damages the teeth and body by depriving you of nutrients that help keep the body and teeth strong. The lack of calcium and phosphorus can be especially damaging to the teeth.

If you are included in any of the above categories, we encourage you to make an appointment with your general dentist. Allowing a dental cavity to go untreated could lead to an infection, which may require root canal therapy or even the loss of the tooth.

To make an appointment with a skilled endodontist, please don’t hesitate to contact Endodontic Specialists of Colorado. We have three locations in Colorado Springs North, Colorado Springs South, and Pueblo, Colorado.

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