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Why You Might be Prone to Cavities


You understand the importance of brushing your teeth at least twice and flossing at least once every single day, but you still seem to get cavities. You even notice friends or family around you that might not be as thorough as you are in their cleaning routines but they seem to never get a cavity. The truth of the matter is some people are more vulnerable to having cavities for a few different reasons. Let’s check out what those are and if they apply to you.


Your diet plays a major role in your oral health. Sugary snacks and drinks are very detrimental to your oral health and is where you should focus your attention on cutting back for your teeth’s sake. The only way sugary snacks and drinks don’t play a part in your chances of getting a cavity is if you brush your teeth immediately after consumption with fluoridated toothpaste. When sugar settles on and in between teeth, it helps destructive bacteria grow and multiply which results in the erosion of tooth enamel. Certain foods and drinks to avoid or brush immediately after consuming include sweets, juices, and sodas.

Oral Bacteria

Some people simply have more aggressive bacteria. Bacteria naturally forms in everybody’s mouth but for some people it is more damaging to their enamel and causes decay at a faster rate. If you recognize that this might be your situation, add using an oral rinse to your daily routine to help strengthen your tooth’s natural protective layer.

Dry Mouth

Saliva is an amazing at combating cavities by washing away the destructive bacteria left behind from food and drink consumption. If you frequently experience dryness of the mouth, the bacteria hang around longer which allows its damaging effects get deeper and cause more cavities. Reasons for dry mouth to be aware of are side effects from medication, chemotherapy treatments, and illness. Solutions to this problem include consuming plenty of water and rinsing daily with mouthwash.

Gum Recession

In some cases, gums recede enough to show the roots of the teeth. Enamel doesn’t naturally cover the roots of the teeth so if they are exposed, the teeth much more vulnerable to cavities. The bacteria have simpler access to the teeth without the protective layer to stop it from causing decay. To avoid receding your gums any further, your toothbrush needs to have soft bristles, brush with fluoridated toothpaste, and use an oral rinse to strengthen your enamel.

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