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What Causes Tooth Decay

The majority of people will develop cavities and tooth decay at some point in their life. In fact, 97% of people will have at least one cavity in their adult teeth. The majority of Americans (178 million) are missing at least one tooth and 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Cavities and advanced tooth decay are the number one reason people get dental implants. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons some people develop cavities and loose teeth while other people don’t.

Brushing and Flossing Habits

The vast majority of Americans have good brushing and flossing habits. Around 70% of Americans brush twice per day. People who brush their teeth have a 15% chance of getting cavities, while people who don’t brush regularly have a 40% chance of getting cavities. Brushing and flossing habits are a good predictor of overall dental health.

Saliva Composition 

Everyone’s saliva has a slightly different chemical composition. Some people have higher concentrations of calcium and phosphate. In combination with fluoride, people with higher concentrations of calcium and phosphate have a lower saliva acidity level, which reduces the likelihood of cavities. 

Tooth Morphology 

Everyone’s teeth are shaped differently. Some people have abundantly smooth teeth while others have ridges and crevices. Ridges and crevices are more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. This is another reason some people might be more prone to tooth decay than others. 

At What Point Should a Patient Get Dental Implants? 

The most common solution for cavities and tooth decay are fillings. Some dentists will provide patients with root canals and crowns to help save the tooth. But after a while, root canals and crowns give way. Generally, a root canal will last around ten years (in about 86% of people). Some people will have their root canal fail in as little as one year. Here are some reasons to consider getting dental implants:

  • You need to have several teeth replaced. 
  • You do not want to get dentures or any more crowns.
  • You want to be able to eat comfortably and enjoy the foods you like.
  • You want to feel confident about your smile.

Dental Implants Can Help If You’ve Experienced Tooth Decay 

People experience varying degrees of tooth loss and decay based upon a wide variety of different factors. The Dental Concierge has a proven process for getting your smile back to the way you want it. For your first visit, you’ll fly into Costa Rica or Cancun and have pictures taken and you’ll leave with grafts and temporary dentures. Within six months, you will be able to enjoy a permanent smile makeover that will help you feel confident. 

Dental implants generally last for a lifetime, whereas crowns and other “fixes” may last for as little as one year up to fifteen years.

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