There is no age limit as everyone is at risk of dental caries. The most common age group who are at risk of dental caries are children and adolescents.
Countries, where sugars consumption is high, are more likely to have affected populations from dental problems. Bacterium metabolism of sugars produces acid production that leads to tooth loss.
Some common risk factors are:
Certain Foods and Drinks: Some foods stay in your mouth and stick with your teeth for a long time. These foods include honey, sugar, cake, bakery food, chips, etc.
Bedtime Milk: When children or even adults drink milk just before bedtime, it increases the risk of dental caries.
Less Fluoride: Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that protects teeth from cavities and any damage. A toothpaste may provide fluoride to your mouth and clean the sticky substances.
Dry Mouth: Lack of saliva results in dry mouth that does not wash away the food particles and plaque from your teeth.
Heartburn: Some health conditions like heartburn or GERD causes stomach acid to flow back into your mouth.
Dental Filling: After years of a dental filling, it is a normal process of its breakdown. It allows the plaque buildup more easily.
Dental Caries Complications
Dental caries is considered a normal condition that often is not taken seriously. Untreated tooth decay or dental caries can lead to long-lasting complications, which include:
- Pus around tooth
- Chewing issues
- Tooth abscess
- Broken teeth
- Teeth shifted after tooth loss
- In severe cases, the following complications can develop:
- Broken teeth
- Pain that does not allow eating or affects the quality of life
- Tooth loss that may affect the smile
- Weight loss due to poor eating