November 2, 2018
Do you have a great oral health routine and still get cavities? Have you noticed other friends or family members leaving the dentist cavity-free when you know you brush and floss more than them? Some people are more prone to cavities and tooth decay than others. Keep reading to discover a handful of reasons why you may be more susceptible to getting cavities according to your local dentist.
Everyone has bacteria that naturally grows in the mouth, which reacts with sugars to damage your teeth. However, you may have aggressive oral bacteria that is more damaging to your mouth than the average person’s mouth. The more aggressive bacteria can damage your tooth enamel and cause cavities and decay more easily.
To protect yourself against this, add the use of an oral rinse to your daily brushing and flossing routine. By using mouthwash with your twice a day brushing and once a day flossing, you’ll be giving your teeth enhanced protection to combat cavities. Additionally, be sure to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
When it comes to why you may get cavities more than others, it could be as simple as your diet. Eating too many sugary snacks and beverages can do major damage to your smile, which is why you should cut down on your desserts and soda if you’re more prone to cavities. Sugars from these sweet treats coat your teeth and sit at your gumline. They interact with the bacteria in your mouth and act as fuel to erode your tooth enamel—the protective outer layer of your teeth.
Avoid sodas, sweets, juices, and carbohydrates to cut down on your risk of cavities. Instead, try crunchy fruits and veggies that are good for your teeth. Also, drink tap water. Most water contains fluoride, which is a natural cavity-fighting mineral.
If your gums recede far enough, your tooth roots may be exposed. This part of your tooth doesn’t have the natural protection of your enamel, which leaves you more susceptible to cavities. To avoid further recession, brush extra-lightly with as soft-bristled toothbrush away from the gums. Be sure to use an enamel enhancing toothbrush and see your dentist to get treatment for your gums.
If you experience dry mouth regularly, it could affect your oral health. Saliva naturally washes away plaque and bacteria, so it’s important to keep your mouth lubricated. Be sure to drink water throughout the day, and you can chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow. If you consistently experience dry mouth, talk to your dentist about your symptoms and they can provide you with the right treatment.
When it comes to being more susceptible to cavities, you’re not unlucky, you may just have one of the conditions or habits above. Use these tips to avoid cavities and keep your pearly whites dazzling.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. C.J. Landry enjoys providing quality care to his patients in Marrero. He has over 30 years of experience in dentistry, and he stays up-to-date on the latest dental techniques through continuing education courses. He currently practices at Lapalco Family Dental, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (504) 348-0080 for any questions.
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