Why do I still get cavities when I brush and floss regularly, and a friend of mine doesn’t do anything and doesn’t get cavities?
Unfortunately, even the best at-home oral care cannot always prevent cavities. Other factors come into play when it comes to your susceptibility to tooth decay, including your diet and your genes. The biggest problem? Overconsumption of sugar. And some people succumb to its nasty effects more easily than others.
Cavities are caused by bacteria in our mouths that feed on sugar. If you have particularly deep crevices in your teeth, it's easier for bacteria to get in deep and cause decay.
There are ways to help level the playing field if you are particularly prone to developing cavities:
- Continue brushing and flossing, particularly after enjoying sweet treats.
- Try to keep your enjoyment of sugary foods and beverages to occasional use only.
- Use a toothpaste with fluoride in it.
You can also inquire with your dentist about getting a sealant, which acts as a barrier between the deep crevices in your back molars and the development of tooth decay.
Be sure to visit your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Regular trips to the dentist will ensure that tooth decay is spotted while it is still small, so if you are prone to more fillings, at least they will be small ones. Call our office to schedule your appointment!