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Cavity risk factorsIf you have teeth then you are at risk of tooth decay, but certain factors can increase your chances of developing a cavity.

Eating Certain Foods
Some foods are particularly good at sticking to your teeth for long periods of time. These include hard and sticky sweets, dried fruit, biscuits and granola bars, cake, cereals and crisps. The problem with foods that stick to teeth is that they provide a ready source of energy for cavity causing bacteria.

Frequent Snacking or Sipping Fizzy Drinks
Continually eating or drinking foods that are high in acid or sugars increases the risk of cavities by raising the acidity levels in your mouth. Acid attacks tooth enamel, softening it and making it more likely that you will develop tooth decay.

Poor Oral Hygiene
Every day plaque builds up over your teeth, forming a sticky biofilm that must be removed through brushing and flossing. If you don’t clean your teeth regularly then plaque will harden into calculus, a hard substance that produces acids and toxins that will erode your tooth enamel.

Brushing Too Soon After Eating
It might seem odd, but brushing too soon after you have eaten can increase your risk of cavities by brushing away your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is softer immediately after eating due to higher acidity in the mouth. Waiting at least half an hour before brushing allows pH levels to normalise, enabling tooth enamel to re-harden.

 

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