Why You’re Prone To Cavities
5 Reasons Why You May Be More Prone To Cavities
Poor oral hygiene and frequent consumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages are the two leading causes of dental cavities. However, there are some people who are meticulous with their oral hygiene habits and have a healthy diet and lifestyle, yet when they visit their dentist, they are told they have cavities.
If you are one of the many people taking the necessary steps to avoid dental issues but are unsuccessful most of the time, here are five reasons why you may be more prone to cavities:
The presence of certain bacteria in your mouth
Dental cavities begin to develop when bacteria builds up on plaque – a sticky film found on the surface of a tooth. The bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates from the foods and beverages you consume, producing acids that dissolve the protective layer of tooth enamel. This makes it easier for bacteria to penetrate and infect the tooth, thus causing the cavity.
You will be more prone to developing cavities if your mouth harbors more of the microorganisms associated with the occurrence of dental caries.
Aging and certain types of medicines and health conditions can cause dry mouth. If you are suffering from xerostomia (dry mouth), you are not producing enough saliva which contains minerals that help neutralize acids and restore tooth enamel. Lack of saliva means your ability to prevent tooth decay is reduced.
The morphology of your teeth
A tooth’s shape also has an effect on its potential to develop cavities. Teeth that have ridges and deeper grooves, especially the molars, tend to harbor bacteria which can multiply quickly. When their growth gets out of hand, the bacteria will attack the tooth’s surface.
Substandard oral hygiene practices
You may brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day, but are you doing them properly? This means brushing at least two minutes and going through the correct motions of flossing. It is also best to brush 30 minutes after eating and drinking to avoid damaging your teeth enamel.
Frequent vomiting and Gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD can also create highly acidic conditions in the mouth that will make your teeth more prone to cavities. Certain dental appliances, including retainers and night guards, can also restrict saliva flow over teeth which can lead to plaque formation and the onset of cavities.
Dr. Kacos will be able to give you more details regarding your dental cavity problem. But regardless of the reason behind your problem, continue practicing proper oral hygiene habits and follow a healthy diet and lifestyle since these will still go a long way in protecting you from cavities. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Kaco’s office.