You may make your oral health a top priority and do exactly what you’re supposed to be doing: brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once daily, and visit the dentist every six months for routine exams and cleanings. However, you may notice that some of your family and friends who aren’t as diligent as you about their oral health don’t get as many cavities as you do. Here are some of the reasons this may be the case:
Your diet does play a vital role in whether or not you get many cavities. If you eat many foods and drink many beverages that are loaded with sugar, you may be at a greater risk for cavities than others. This is because sugar can stay around and between your teeth and erode tooth enamel or the protective layer of your teeth that protects against cavities. If you do eat and drink a lot of sugar, try to opt for crunchy foods and drinks that are low in sugar.
Does your mouth feel dry on a regular basis? If so, you may have dry mouth and not enough saliva in your mouth to fight off cavities. What does saliva have to do with cavities? It can wash away food particles, sugars, and bacteria that can cause them. If you believe you have dry mouth, try to drink plenty of water throughout the day and speak to your doctor about what may be causing it.
If you have receding gums, the roots of your teeth may become exposed, leaving the base of them vulnerable and allowing any bacteria you have to cause cavities. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and brush lightly away from your gums to prevent the recession from worsening. Also, consult your dentist to make sure your gum recession isn’t the sign of a more serious health problem.
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