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4 Common Factors that Increase Your Risk of Tooth Decay

If you want to avoid getting cavities, you probably think that you should brush your teeth regularly and avoid eating sugar. Although these are both really great pieces of advice, there are a lot of other everyday causes that lead to tooth decay. Here are 4 examples of cavity-increasing risk factors that you need to be aware of:

Mouth Breathing

Having a dry mouth will make your teeth decay more quickly, because there is no saliva lubricating them or cleaning them throughout the day. Manage your sinus allergies and drink plenty of water to prevent this from happening. 

Drinking Sports Drinks, Diet Soda or Juice

If you work out a lot, you probably eat healthy and also consume sports drinks. Or, you might even stick to diet soda and juice because they seem healthier than other alternatives. Not so. All of these drinks contain some type of acidic-causing sweetener that can cause tooth decay to multiply rapidly. Instead, stick to tap water, which is fluoridated and also cleanses your teeth while you drink it. 

Not Flossing

You’ve heard it a million times, but flossing is extremely important. Even the most expensive toothbrush won’t clean between your teeth. Every day that you forget to floss, cavity-causing germs work away at the enamel in these hard to reach areas. 

Putting Off Trips to the Dentist

Going to the dentist doesn’t keep you from getting cavities, but it does allow you to find cavities when they first start. Some people wait until their teeth begin to hurt before they visit a dentist. By this point, cavities are not only large; they have also spread to several teeth throughout the mouth!

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

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