Based on a research by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, it was discovered that approximately more than 90% of adults aged 20yrs-64yrs have had dental Cavities on their permanent teeth. It was also discovered that adults from families with high income and education levels had suffered more from cavities compared to their low income and uneducated counterparts. Despite the fact that adults are prone to cavities, children are also at a higher risk of getting cavities. About 60% of children in the USA have suffered from cavities by the age of 5. This is according to a research done by "State of Little Teeth Report."
Why Are So Children So Prone to Cavities
Children born with crowded teeth tend to be more prone to cavities since such teeth have a lot of crannies and nooks where bacteria causing cavities and plaque often accumulate. This is because such areas are hard to clean by use of both floss and toothbrush. Seniors are also another group of people that are prone of cavities since as you age, your mouth tends to produce less saliva, a dental condition known as dry mouth and as a result making your teeth vulnerable to cavities. Saliva contains salivary mucins that protects teeth from the bacteria that causes cavities. Saliva also washes away food particles that get stuck between teeth, which can act as breeding grounds for bacteria. It is definitely clear that all age groups can easily get cavities. It is highly advised that we take our dental hygiene very seriously. Brushing twice a day, properly, is a big step in maintaining a proper dental hygiene. Limiting the amount of sugar intake is also another step since bacteria need sugar to thrive. Regular dental-checkups are also essential so that infected teeth might be treated, and other preventive measures put in place. If you have more questions, we urge you to contact our office today!