Do Some People Tend to Get More Cavities?

Posted on 9/30/2018 by Karl Olson
Do Some People Tend to Get More Cavities?Even though we are always telling you that brushing, and flossing will prevent cavities, the truth is that these are not the only factors that influence your oral health.

ometimes people who practice good oral hygiene at home, by brushing and flossing, and come to see us regularly get cavities. So why do some people tend to get more cavities than others?

Why Do Some People Get More Cavities?

If you are one of those people that keeps dental appointments for cleanups and follows good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice for at least two minutes and flossing daily, but still get cavities, it can be frustrating.

You must understand that these are not the only factors that will keep your mouth healthy, although they are the basis for that purpose. Cavities come from eating sugars, which produce acids that erode the enamel of the tooth. You could also be predisposed to getting cavities because of genetics.

But it all begins with eating sugars. If you cut your sugar intake, chances are you will see a reduction of cavities. The shape in some people's teeth also contributes to increased cavities. If this is the case for you, we can discuss using sealants.

We usually recommend this easy treatment for kids because, in general, they don't tend to brush their teeth long enough and can miss those back molars. Sealants prevent food particles from getting caught back there, and this could reduce the development of cavities. It is still essential to get to the back of teeth, though, and one excellent tool to invest in is a Waterpik.

Even though your genetic composition and diet may be conspiring against your oral health, there are things you can do to reduce cavities. If you can cut back on the number of sugary foods you eat, that can be a significant first step. When you brush, floss, and keep your regular dental appointments at our office, you are doing yourself a favor.

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