You brush and floss your teeth everything day, yet you keep getting cavities every year. This can definitely be frustrating. It may be a good idea to take a closer look at your lifestyle habits and determine if they are causing your cavities or not. Here are five reasons why you may keep getting cavities:
You Frequently Eat Sweets
It is fine to have the occasional doughnut or cupcake to satisfy your sweet tooth. Just make sure not to do it to often. Sugar can linger on the surfaces of your teeth hours after you eat something sweet. This creates the perfect bacteria for mouth bacteria. If you do eat a sweet treat, just remember to thoroughly rinse your mouth out with water afterward..
You Brush Your Teeth With Too Much Force
There is no need to brush your teeth with aggressive force. Doing so can actually wear down the enamel and make your teeth more vulnerable to decay. Always use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush your teeth in gentle, circular motions.
You Have Dry Mouth
Whether your dry mouth is caused be genetics or medication, it can increase your risk of cavities. If your mouth does not produce enough saliva, it can't properly wash away food particles and plaque off your teeth. There are a few things you can do to control dry mouth, such as drinking more water, chewing sugar-free gum and limiting caffeine intake.
You Do not Brush Your Tongue
Food particles and bacteria can accumulate on your tongue, so it is important to clean it daily. In the morning, take a minute to scrape the gunk off your tongue with a tongue scraper. Doing this will prevent bacteria from transferring to your teeth and causing cavities.
Your Grind Your Teeth
If you grind your teeth, you are more likely to develop cavities. Clenching down on your teeth can wear down the enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay. To prevent any further damage to your teeth, try to break this habit. If you tend to grind your teeth while you sleep, ask your dentist about getting a custom mouth guard.
Even if you haven't experienced any issues with your teeth, remember to visit your dentist twice a year. He or she can check for early signs of cavities and other dental problems. The sooner a cavity is detected, the easier it is to treat.
If you have a cavity you need help with, contact Jeffrey S. Thaller DMD.