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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 5 Americans has untreated cavities.

The age group with the highest cavity rates, as well as the reasons for all those cavities, may come as a shock…

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People ages 20 to 44 have the highest rate of cavities, compared to candy-obsessed children.

But why? Other than the obvious steps, including brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting a dentist regularly, here a few additional steps you need to take to help prevent future cavities.

Brush Better.

Okay, okay. You could have guessed this one. The best tooth-brushing practices include using a soft-bristle brush, cleaning ALL surfaces of your teeth (including scrubbing the inner areas of your teeth and your back teeth, and flossing the spaces in between). On average, proper brushing should take about two minutes.

Snack Less Often.

Chewing stimulates your salivary flow, which then helps neutralize acid and rinse away food, the ADA reports. But when you snack, you don’t generally produce as much saliva, which can leave your teeth vulnerable to acids – and this enamel-eroding acid can come both from plaque bacteria and acids in foods and beverages.

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