Prone to Tooth Decay? Here’s Why You Might Be Susceptible to Cavities

Brushing and flossing are absolutely essential for anyone who wants to maintain a clean, healthy mouth. You’ve probably mastered these excellent habits, but much to your chagrin, you still end up with cavities! Well, the problem may have nothing to do with how you brush and floss. There are other factors that may make you more vulnerable to tooth decay than the guy next door.

 

The Hardness of Your Tooth Enamel

Your genes may influence how soft or hard your tooth enamel is. Some folks are blessed with super hard enamel that can stand up to pretty much anything, while others are cursed by enamel that’s on the softer side. Softer enamel is, of course, more vulnerable to cavities.

 

The Shape of Your Teeth

Did you know that, just like fingerprints, everyone has a unique set of teeth? The shape and positioning of your pearly whites can have a big influence on whether you develop cavities. For example, if you have deep grooves in your molars, food particles may get stuck in there and lead to decay. If your dentist notices that you have this issue, they may suggest that you get dental sealants, which will place a protective barrier on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

 

Your Saliva

Saliva is the unsung hero of your mouth. This marvelous substance is there to rinse away food particles and bacteria that seek to wreak havoc on your smile. Therefore, if you have a dry mouth because of medication, a lack of adequate water intake, or a health condition, you are more vulnerable to cavities. You may be able to address this by drinking more H2O, using a special mouthwash, or asking your doctor about using a medication that won’t dry your mouth.

 

Oral Bacteria

Your mouth has tons of bacteria in it at any given time. Most of these bacteria are harmless or even helpful, but there are certain types that interact with food and lead to plaque and decay. Because of genetics, people’s bodies interact different with these bacteria, meaning that some folks are more likely to suffer from cavities.

 

Your Diet

Sugar is a tooth killer. It interacts with harmful bacteria in your mouth, leading to plaque and decay. Consuming too much can also cause you to have a dry mouth. We always recommend that our patients do their best to limit their sugar intake. When you do indulge in a sweet treat, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Even if you have some of the above factors working against you, there is no reason to conclude that you’re doomed to a cavity-filled mouth. With good habits and regular visits to your dentist, you may be able to protect your teeth and enjoy healthy smiles for many years to come.

 

About the Dentist

Dr. Melody Zamora is your skilled general dentist in San Antonio. She loves to help her patients prevent cavities, but when decay does happen, she is ready to restore the tooth and help you regain your oral health. If you have questions about how to protect your teeth or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact one of our offices.

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