• How Many Adults Have Cavities?

  • how many adults have cavitiesAccording to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, approximately over 90% of adults have experienced a cavity in a permanent tooth.Nearly one in every five adults have cavities that have yet to be treated. To highlight what this could mean foe their dental health, we explore the formation of tooth decay and cavities, and why they are so prevalent and yet so preventable.

    When Cavities Form

    A common belief about tooth decay is that it is the direct result of excessive sugar. The truth is, sugar (along with other carbohydrates) feed oral bacteria that synthesize it into lactic acid. This organic acid attacks and weakens your tooth enamel (the strong protective layer that coats the outer surface of your teeth), siphoning minerals from your teeth as it does so. Eventually, the acid attacks compromise tooth enamel’s integrity until bacteria can finally slip past enamel to the underlying layer of dentin. Weaker and less dense than tooth enamel, dentin contains tiny tubules that feed sensory information to the center of your tooth, where the tooth’s blood vessels and nerves rest. When bacteria irritate the dentin, signifying the advancement of tooth decay, sensitivity can often be intense.

    All Cavities Need is For You to Do Nothing

    Because tooth decay is mainly initiated by oral bacteria (which inhabit the mouth), ridding yourself of the main cause of tooth decay is virtually impossible. However, brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once can help you control the bacterial plaque buildup that causes and exacerbates tooth decay. Visiting our office at least once every six months for a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning will also allow the doctor to inspect your mouth for early signs of infection and decay, increasing your chances for successful and noninvasive treatment.


    At Redmond Dental Care, Yum Sang DDS enjoys providing preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and biomimetic dentistry for a multitude of patients living in and around Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Sammamish, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (425) 883-2100.