Richard Warner, D.D.S.
Warner Family Dentistry in Council Bluffs
Tooth Decay is the second most common disease in the United States
(the common cold is number one). Read on to see where your teeth stack up!
Richard Warner, D.D.S. General Dentistry in Council Bluffs, Iowa
We've yet to meet anyone who wanted to have cavities. Is there anyway to predict if you are cavity-prone?
Here are some things that suggest you may have a greater chance than some people for dental decay. If any of these pertain to you take special care with your brushing and flossing. Also make sure you have a checkup every six months so if any problems do occur you can address them when they are smaller, quicker, and less expensive to fix! We'll also help you devise a prevention strategy specific to your needs.
1. Have you had any new cavities in the last three years? Past cavity history is something of a predictor of future areas of decay.
2. Do you have a lot of large, older fillings? Small metal fillings can last for years, but larger fillings have a shorter lifespan and can get decay around or under them.
3. Are you a frequent user of cough drops, hard candies, mints, or other slowly dissolving sugars? Keeping the teeth bathed in sugar for extended periods increases your odds of cavities.
4. Do you take medications that cause your mouth to get dry? Saliva prevents cavities. Many prescription drugs cause dry mouth. Not a good thing from a dental standpoint.
5. If you drink mostly bottled water, well water, or water from a community that doesn't have fluoridation cavity chances are higher, particularly for those under age twelve.
6. People who snack all day on sugary foods are at higher risk.
7. Are you a heavy soft drink user? This can markedly raise your cavity potential, particularly if you sip on the drinks all day. Even if it's a sugar-free beverage the acid weakens the tooth enamel and can lead to big trouble.
8. A certain amount of cavity risk is inherited. If your parents had weak enamel you may as well. This doesn't mean you are doomed, but it should be a motivator to master good brushing and flossing techniques.
9. Gum disease makes you are more risk for dental decay. Gums can recede exposing root surfaces which form rapidly advancing cavities quickly.
10. Finally, one that should be obvious: if you don't get a regular dental checkups and brush at least twice a day and floss once a day count yourself among the high risk crowd!