I take care of my teeth. Why do I still get cavities?
I brush regularly and floss when I can. Overall, I take very good care of my teeth. But why do I still get cavities?
A number of factors come into play when it comes to keeping your teeth clean.
Are You Brushing Correctly?
First off, though you brush your teeth often, are you brushing them correctly? Make sure the bristles of your toothbrush reach every area on the tooth, including the back surface and especially the surface closest to the gumline, these are areas where bacteria usually build up.
Are You Flossing Correctly?
When you floss, do you guide the floss down below the gumline, following the curvature of the tooth? Flossing takes more than just moving the strand between the teeth, be sure to see our article on flossing for more details.
Number of Cavities Can Be Hereditary!
And sadly, research has shown that an individual’s ability to get cavities is hereditary…that’s right, HEREDITARY!!! So if your mother or father had a high number of cavities, than your risk of getting cavities is greatly increased. It’s not inevitable, it just means that your mouth’s pH is more favorable to bacterial growth and development. This means that you must take extra caution in your daily oral hygiene habits and the types of food that you consume.
Are You Eating the Right Foods?
Yet another factor that plays a large role in the development of cavities is diet. Of course, if you have a diet that’s high in carbohydrates and sugars, you can expect more cavities. So try to stay away from soda, candy, and a lot of bread on a regular basis.
Hope this helps and good luck!