Twickenham Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Cook

Why Are Some People More Prone To Cavities Than Others?

November 13, 2021
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Posted By: Twickenham Family Dentistry

Potentially one of the most frustrating situations is having to deal with cavities almost every time you visit the dentist for a checkup, despite all the effort and care you take to brush regularly, floss, and even use an antibacterial mouthwash. Maybe you are asking yourself: “Is it just bad luck?” or “Am I somehow doing something wrong?”

Cavity prevention starts with conscious and consistent dental hygiene, but keeping teeth and the mouth healthy goes beyond routine checkups and brushing. A massive contributor to how your teeth act is what they end up chewing! In other words–dietary choices can make or break your next visit with the dentist.

Foods to Avoid

  • Sugars in the form of desserts and candy
  • Starchy foods that convert to sugar
  • Sugary drinks like soda and juices
  • High levels of citrus

Are you noticing a trend? Sugar is the culprit here, but the factors listed below can also play a role in cavity formation.

Oral Bacteria

When the sugar mentioned above combines with the natural oral bacteria living in a person’s mouth, the effects may also create a situation perfect for cavity formation. The acid will form as the bacteria process the sugar and wear away tooth enamel, leading to an overall decrease in protection. Mouthwash can help combat high levels of acidity and potentially avoid cavity formation.

Gum Recession

Gums recede for various reasons, but having more tooth exposure and bacterial access to their roots can breed cavities as well. If you experience gum recession, please speak with our Huntsville staff to book an appointment as gum recession can indicate other conditions.

Genetic Predisposition

It is relatively apparent, but everyone’s mouth is different. Having teeth in different shapes and sizes can make effective cleaning more difficult and allow cavities to form even with regular brushing and flossing.

Cavity Treatment in Huntsville, AL

If you suffer from recurring cavities, we are more than happy to treat and discuss methods for further prevention in the future to keep your mouth and smile in great shape!

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