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Do Cavity Risks Increase with Age?

Posted on 7/15/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Do Cavity Risks Increase with Age?Although you may think that cavities only affect children, this is unfortunately not true. Since your body changes as you grow older, cavities are a problem for adults as well. Since your gums are receding away from your teeth and gum disease is growing more prevalent your tooth's roots are exposed to plaque. This is why many people who are over 50-years-old suffer from tooth decay today.

Common Issues Leading to Cavities in Adults

Many adults have decay around the edges or margins of their tooth or around the fillings they have. Unfortunately, most older adults also have numerous fillings in their mouths making them more prone to this problem. This is because they didn't have fluoride or good preventive dental care as children. Over the course of time, these fillings are prone to growing weaker.

When this happens, they may fracture and lose some of the filling material, especially around their edges. Once this process begins, bacteria can easily start to accumulate in these small cracks. Acid will then soon follow and when it builds up there, decay will begin to happen.

The Bottom Line
Age definitely has an effect on the development of cavities. As more adults manage to maintain their natural teeth thanks to better nutrition and dental care there will be more cavities found in adults' teeth. After all, it's only natural for your teeth to show some wear and tear and your gums to show some recession as you age.

Now that you see that it's not only children who are prone to cavities, but you as an adult are, too, you have another reason to make sure you visit our office for routine checkups and cleanings. If you don't already have such an appointment scheduled with us, give us a call today so we can get you an appointment as soon as possible.
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