Why do I still get cavities if I brush my teeth?
This is a common question that we get at our office. Many people think that brushing is enough to prevent all cavities but there are many other reasons cavities form. If you think you have a good oral care routine and find that you still get cavities, read on for more information.
Brushing and Flossing
Lack of proper and frequent brushing and flossing (a waterpick can substitute for floss), are the most common reasons for getting cavities. We all know that food left on teeth causes bacteria to make acid which eats away at your teeth and causes decay. So if you are brushing but forget to floss or waterpick, you are actually leaving a lot of food behind in between teeth, which is a common place for decay to start.
Deep Grooves in Teeth can cause Cavities
What many people don’t realize is that your teeth have grooves in them where food and bacteria can get stuck. Some people have naturally deep grooves, which are difficult to keep clean, no matter how hard you try, so you may still get cavities in those parts of your teeth even if you brush and floss 3 times a day.
Dry Mouth, Tooth Grinding, and Genetics
The presence of saliva acts as a buffer so if you have dry mouth, you are much more likely to have problems with your teeth. Other possible causes for cavities include grinding. Grinding your teeth wears away enamel, which protects your teeth. Genetics can also be a factor, where you may have inherited enamel issues that can cause cavities. Lastly, the lack of proper nutrition can all lead to tooth decay.
If your dentist finds tooth decay and you thought you were diligent with your home care, it may be that there are other causes for your tooth problems so make sure to discuss concerns with your dentist.
If you have any questions about the cavities, fillings, or are interested to find out more about your particular situation and why you may have multiple cavities, call 905-338-6684 to get in touch with holistic dentist Dr.Agatha Bis. To book an appointment at our Oakville dental clinic, click here, or fill out the form below.