Do you brush and floss every day? Do you limit amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume? If yes, then you might have a question stuck in your head “ Why do I get so many cavities? ” Your best friend on the other hand is probably consuming unlimited amount of sugar and yet rarely has any cavities. Why might this happen?
There are cavities which result from disease process called dental caries, are usually decayed areas which was caused by oral bacteria. This bacteria might move to a living portion of your tooth and become a bacterial infection. Your dentist should remove the bacteria and seal the tooth.
The disease needs certain condition to process, so you probably have more of these conditions then your friend has. So here are some risk factors which are not easily controlled.
- Diet — You need to watch out for all sugary foods. Acidic beverages and foods may erode your enamel. Saliva can’t restore your mouth to its normal pH if acidic kinds of foods are consumed normally.
- Gum recession – Receding your gums are exposing the root, and the root is not protected by enamel are more likely to decay.
- Dry mouth – You saliva contains amazing things which can help to restore your tooth enamel and neutralize acids. Without a good amount of saliva, your ability to prevent decay is compromised. Dry mouth can be caused by certain medicine, chemotherapy and some diseases. You will need to drink a lot of water to keep your mouth full of saliva.
- Oral bacteria – The bacteria which put a start for cavities. This bacteria is build up on tooth surfaces in a plaque and it feeds on sugars and carbohydrates creating acids. This acids are dissolving the protecting layer of tooth and it makes it easier for bacteria to penetrate and infect the tooth.
- Tooth Shape – Tooth decay is usually found in the back teeth which are molar and premolar because biting surface tend to trap food and bacteria.