Some people go their whole lives without ever having a cavity — so what’s their secret? Honestly, they’re probably not dental hygiene superstars. It could just be luck. If it seems like you always have a cavity no matter how well you brush and floss, you’re probably cavity prone. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent cavities and promote better oral health and wellness! Your dentist in Orange Park, FL, Dr. Matthew Nawrocki, discusses how you can prevent cavities below.
Yes, You Can Be Cavity Prone
No one knows better than your dentist in Orange Park that some people just get more cavities than others, and it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with how much you brush and floss. In fact, we’ve seen a number of patients who skip flossing more than we’d recommend who can still squeak by without a cavity for years. So why are you at a higher risk of cavities? Two factors: the amount of sugar you consume, and the texture of your tooth enamel.
The cause of cavities is, of course, sugar. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, if you’re exposing your smile to tablespoons-worth of sugar in the time in between, your good hygiene may not make as much of a difference as you think.
The other thing that can increase your susceptibility to cavities is something you probably don’t think about too much: the texture of your tooth enamel. Some people were born with deeper crevices on their teeth. If that’s the case with your smile, decay-causing acids and bacteria from sugar will find it easy to make a home in your teeth and lead to cavities. That may be why you seem to be the lucky one among your friends who’s always got a cavity. And if you have dry mouth, it’s even harder for your teeth to remain clean and healthy.
How to Prevent Cavities
So even though brushing and flossing may not be the magic ticket to cavity prevention, good hygiene still does a lot when it comes to removing plaque and tartar buildup that causes cavities and gum disease. Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly to enjoy good smile health, and rethink your diet — how much sugar are you really exposing your smile to? Items like sweetened yogurt, granola, and fruit juices can pack a hidden punch. Check out the nutrition facts of your favorite foods to get a handle on your sugar intake.
Additionally, you should visit your dentist regularly. Patients of all ages benefit from six month checkups and cleanings with their dentist in Orange Park. When you come in regularly, we can provide preventive treatments like topical fluoride, which remineralizes and strengthens the tooth enamel to fight against cavities. Dental sealants shield the enamel from trapped food particles and plaque/bacteria buildup for a healthier, longer-lasting smile.
Schedule an Appointment Today
When was your last visit to Dr. Nawrocki’s office? If it has been longer than six months, it’s time for you to come in! Regular visits are especially important for you cavity prone folks. Request an appointment today.