Cavities Common In US Adults

Monday, May 18th, 2015, 7:44 pm

We tend to think about kids getting cavities but according to the Centers for Disease Control the majority of American adults have cavities. Cavities and tooth loss are important oral health indicators for adults, and can lead to conclusions about overall health as well.

“Having good oral health is important for healthy aging and poor oral health impacts quality of life by causing pain and limiting food choices,” said Dr. Bruce Dye of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. “Many people also avoid social interactions because of perceived poor oral health,” he added.

The recent research from the CDC looked at data for 2011 and 2012 and found that about 27% of adults had untreated tooth decay. Approximately nine out of every ten people aged 20 to 64 had decay in their permanent teeth. The news isn’t all bad, however.

In 1960 about half of adults aged 65 to 74 had lost all of their teeth. Today only 19% of that same age group have no natural teeth remaining. Dr. Dye said “This change is pretty remarkable and means that for many Americans, dentures are no longer inevitable.” Because more adults are keeping their teeth throughout their lives, it only makes sense that there are more teeth around to develop cavities!

You can protect your teeth, no matter what your age, by following some simple steps – brush, floss and get regular dental cleanings. Add in a few more lifestyle changes like avoiding soda and smoking and your overall health will improve along with your oral health.

As we age certain health conditions and medications can make your teeth and gums more susceptible to disease and decay. Again, regular dental visits can help keep your smile as healthy as possible.

Find out more about preventing future dental decay by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in beautiful Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.

 

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