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Cavities are extremely common, and not just among young people. While kids are most affected by tooth decay, adults are still at risk of developing dental caries if they are ignorant of their oral health. Recently, Everyday Health reported on some surprising sources of cavities that people may not realize are harming their teeth.
It's not just candy and soda that cause cavities. Any types of carbs, such as breads and crackers, can lead to dental health issues if people aren't stringent about brushing.
"When [germs] get carbs, they produce acid for about 20 minutes, and it is the acid that destroys tooth structure and causes a cavity," said Kenneth Magid, D.D.S., quoted by the news source.
Next, cough syrup has proven to be a real problem when it comes to dental health. These medicines often contain sweeteners that fuel the germs that damage teeth. The news source recommends that individuals should clean their teeth before using cough syrup and use a quick-dissolving xylitol-containing candy after.
The Academy of General Dentistry reminds people that most sugary drinks can contribute to tooth decay. It's important to consume them quickly rather than sipping all day, which prolongs the beverages exposure to the teeth.
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