Why do I get cavities?
No matter how well you take care of your teeth, at some point in your life you will probably get a cavity. Few people can say they’ve never had a cavity, and if you’re one of those lucky folks – congratulations!
Our susceptibility to cavities has a lot to do with genetics, but there are quite a few other factors that contribute to the development of cavities. Basically, though, all tooth decay begins with bacteria on your teeth.
If these bacteria are not removed with brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings, they are left to feed on sugars that accumulate in the mouth. This action creates an acid that depletes calcium and leads to erosion of healthy dental enamel.
Another common culprit that increases your likelihood tooth decay is consuming foods that are very high in sugar content, which leave behind lots of debris for bacteria to thrive on. Acidic foods such as diet soda, energy drinks and citrus are also big contributors to tooth decay.
The good news is that (except for genetics) these contributing factors can be controlled or eliminated. Regular professional dental cleanings are the first step, and diligent oral hygiene is the follow-up you need to control the occurrence of cavities.
Please contact our Pelham dental office, so that we can arrange a professional cleaning and talk to you about other ways you can protect yourself from developing cavities.
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