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Why do I get more cavities than my family and friends?

Why do I get more cavities than my family and friends?

Do you ever wonder why you seem to get more cavities than some of you friends or family members?  You might even brush twice a day and floss to make sure that your teeth are as clean as possible.  Here are some reasons why you might be more prone to getting cavities than others.

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  1.  Diet.  It might be as simple as what you are putting in your mouth every day.  Eating too many snacks and beverages filled with sugar is a major issue when it comes to your oral health and should be the first place you look to cut down for the sake of your teeth. Unless you immediately clean your teeth with a toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, sugars sit around and between teeth, and along the gum line. These sugars become fuel for destructive bacteria which multiply and erode tooth enamel,  (the protective layer of teeth that guards against decay) which leads to cavities.  Some of the foods you should be avoiding are sodas, candy, acidic drinks (energy drinks), juices, and carbohydrates such as white bread or other baked goods containing refined white flour.  Replace those foods with hard, crunchy vegetables like carrots or celery in order to combat tooth decay.  Also drink plenty of water to wash away the fuel that oral bacteria need cause tooth decay.

  2. Dry Mouth.  If you experience a feeling of dryness in your mouth regularly, this could affect your oral health. Saliva is essential to combat cavities because it washes away destructive food particles, sugars, and bacteria in the mouth naturally. There could be various reasons why dry mouth occurs, including medication side effects, chemotherapy treatments, and sickness. To combat dry mouth and protect your teeth from cavities, rinse daily with an enamel enhancing mouth wash to protect teeth, and try to drink plenty of water throughout the day to make up for the lack of natural moisture in your mouth. Consult your healthcare professional for additional treatment for dry mouth symptoms.

  3. Recedingreceding-gums Gums.  If your gums recede, thus exposing the surfaces of the roots where there is no enamel covering to protect them can lead to dental caries (cavities).  Any cavity causing bacteria can work on these areas even easier.  Brush with a soft or ultra soft toothbrush, brushing away from the gums to gently clean in this case.  Also an enamel enhancing mouthwash can help.  Always keep up with your regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 crowdedteeth

  4. Shape of Teeth and crowding.  Some people’s teeth have much deeper crevices and grooves in them than others.  These deeper grooves can harbor cavity causing bacteria.  Also if your teeth are crowded, it makes it more difficult to clean them.  Sealants can help with teeth that have deep grooves and crevices and orthodontia (braces) to straighten misaligned teeth are great adjuncts to help in these cases.

  5. .  There are oral bacteria, or microbes, that are more aggressive than others when reacting with sugars in the mouth. This means that the bacteria that naturally forms in some people’s mouths can be more damaging than the bacteria that forms in other people’s mouths. This destructive bacteria is what breaks down the protective barriers of the teeth and can cause decay. To combat aggressive oral bacteria, couple your regular brushing and flossing routine with a mouth rinse that fights cavities by enhancing the tooth’s natural protection.

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