A risk factor is a proven disease indicator. Dental risk factors include a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates as well as dry mouth; while protective factors include fluoride in the local water supply, toothpaste, and vitamin supplements. Protective factors can also include good saliva flow and dental sealants.
- A diet high in starch and sugar
- Dry mouth
- Vulnerable and/or susceptible teeth
- Cultural consideration
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Dental sealants
- Healthy saliva flow