“Dr. Assing, I brush my teeth twice per day, floss, and visit the dentist every six months, but I still get cavities! What gives?”
This is something that we hear from patients fairly often. They’re often frustrated and upset that even though they practice good dental hygiene habits, they still develop cavities and tooth decay.
It’s an unfortunate truth that some people are simply more prone to tooth decay than others, and those reasons don’t always have to do with oral care habits.
Don’t worry too much, though! We’re here to help you uncover why you might be getting cavities to make it easier for you to stop tooth decay in its tracks!
Did you know that tooth decay only became a chronic problem around 10,000 years ago? One would think that, without modern dental technology and the availability of toothbrushes and toothpaste, our ancestors were running around with cavity-ridden and decay-filled teeth.
But it wasn’t until the development of agriculture—and the popular consumption of grain and sugar—that humans began to develop cavities.
Too many snacks and drinks loaded with refined carbohydrates and sugar might be the culprit behind your cavities. When you eat a sugary meal, the food particles left behind on your teeth provide fuel for the bacteria that lives in your mouth. The bacteria eats the sugar molecules and then produces an enamel-destroying acid waste.
If you’re prone to cavities and don’t know why, examine your diet and then try to limit the amount of soda, juice, candy, and sweets you eat. Your teeth will thank you.
Dry mouth isn’t just something that makes you feel uncomfortable on a hot day. Saliva is an essential element of your oral health arsenal because it washes away bacteria, food, and sugar particles before they can get too destructive. When you don’t produce enough saliva, your mouth acts as a home for these dangerous and cavity-causing substances.
If dry mouth is a chronic problem, speak to a healthcare professional to see how they can help you. It may be a symptom of a larger issue. In the meantime, drink plenty of water. Always carry a bottle with you and dry to keep sipping throughout the day.
Like your fingerprint, your teeth are unique. Some people have teeth with deep grooves in which food can easily get stuck. Deep grooves are tough to clean thoroughly, and they make the sensitive insides of your teeth more susceptible to decay.
Recognizing that this is your issue is the best thing that you can do. Once you’ve identified that you have deep grooves, you can pay closer attention to these teeth when brushing and flossing.
If you’re especially prone to developing cavities, it’s important that you visit your dentist often. Why not make an appointment with your Brandon dentist today?
Dr. Richard Assing
719 W Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
Monday: 8AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 6PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 6PM
Thursday: 8AM – 6PM
Friday: 8AM – 12PM