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How Common Are Cavities in Adults?

Posted on 11/15/2018 by Doctor Schwei
How Common Are Cavities in Adults?Some people assume cavities are much more common in kids and teens than they are in adults. Most believe this is because kids don't have as much self-control. They sneak sugary treats and just aren't as good about brushing and flossing as adults are.

Others may not see the dentist as often as they should. But cavities can also affect adults for a number of reasons. Some adults don't brush as often as they should, while others may not be able to afford to see the dentist regularly.

What Do the Numbers Show?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92% of all adults between ages 20 and 64 have had at least one cavity in their lifetime. Oddly enough, the institute's study showed that those who actually have higher incomes were more likely to have cavities, but they were also more likely to have access to treatment for tooth decay. On the other hand, 26% of those with tooth decay or cavities did not have access to treatment. On average, these adults had 3 teeth affected by cavities.

What Does this Mean?

This survey shows that cavities aren't an issue that only kids or those without dental insurance face. In fact, almost all adults over the age of 20 have dealt with at least one cavity in their adult life, even if they did come to see us to have it filled.

This means that you've got to make sure you always brush and floss regularly and that you don't over-indulge in sweets all the time. While there's certainly nothing wrong with the occasional treat, eating sugary snacks all the time will damage your teeth.

Cavities are no joke—they can lead to toothache and may result in infection. If you have a cavity, don't wait until it starts hurting. Call us today to schedule an appointment to have it treated.
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