When you stop to think about it you should not be surprised to hear that adults are just as susceptible, if not more so, to cavities. All the years of wear and tear tend to take a toll on our teeth.
The gradual erosion of the enamel that protects the inner layers of our teeth is caused by the acids that are produced when oral bacteria mixes with the sugars and starches in the foods and drinks that we put into our mouths. Anyone who has continually paid little attention to their dietary habits may expect to face dental issues somewhere down the road. All those sugary sodas and those candy bars will catch up with us.
The more dental work we have done the higher the risk for adult tooth decay becomes. Dental fillings are ultimately vulnerable to damage. When a filling is weakened in some way it’s possible for bacteria to sneak in and lead to more decay.
The flow of saliva in our mouths helps us chew our food more thoroughly and make it easier to digest. Saliva also washes away leftover food particles that contain acid causing bacteria. Dry mouth is a common condition of some older folks who need to take certain prescription drugs. With the loss of saliva comes the risk for tooth decay.
The experienced team at Southlands Dental Associates in Aurora is ready to talk to you more about adult dental issues. Call the office today @ 720-886-0606.