Do You Get A Lot Of Cavities? Understand Why It's Happening

Posted on: 28 September 2019

Are you the type of person that goes to the dentist for cleaning and brushes regularly, but still end up with frequent cavities that need to be filled? If so, it's possible that you're prone to having cavities. Here are some reasons why it is happening to you.

You Eat Sugary Foods

The reason that many people have cavities, despite taking good care of them by brushing regularly, is because of the food that they eat. If you are eating a lot of foods that are high in sugar, you'll be more likely to have cavities as a result. Even if you are brushing your teeth twice a day, bacteria has all day to work its way into your teeth and cause cavities, as it thrives on the sugar. You'll need to make some changes in order to prevent cavities from happening. Try rinsing your mouth out after meals or brushing after meals. You should also try reducing the amount of sugar that you consume on a daily basis to keep it away from your teeth. Try eating more crunchy vegetables that will naturally clean your teeth as you eat them. Vegetables are also better for your diet and overall health.

Your Gums Are Receding

The health of your gums can also contribute to having more cavities. As your gums recede more and more over the years, the tooth's roots are going to become exposed. This exposes more areas of the teeth that are prone to have bacteria collect on the surface and lead to decay. You can try switching to a toothbrush with thin bristles to prevent your gums from receding more. You can also try using a special mouth rinse that helps protect the enamel on your teeth by using it frequently. 

Your Tooth Structure

It's also possible that you are simply prone to having cavities based on the structure of your teeth. The teeth may have deeper grooves in them that create a space where bacteria collects. Even if you brush regularly, it can be hard keeping those grooves free of bacteria. You can ask your dentist to place sealants in your teeth that help close up those grooves and prevent bacteria from getting into them. 

Thankfully, there are steps that you can take if you are the type of person that frequently gets cavities. Reach out to a local dentist for more tips on how to prevent cavities, or to help remove the decay and install a cavity filling in its place.