Sometimes life just isn’t fair. You’re diligent about your oral healthcare routine, brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and using a mouthwash. But you still get cavities.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that friends or family members who don’t take as much care as you do with oral hygiene remain relatively unscathed in the cavities department.

The fact is that some people just happen to be more prone to cavities than others. There are several reasons for this, and many have nothing to do with failing to clean your teeth properly.

Diet Affects Formation of Cavities

What you eat is a big factor in whether you get cavities. Treating yourself to an excessive number of sugar-laden snacks and drinks will invariably result in the production of harmful bacteria that wear away tooth enamel – the protective layer that safeguards your teeth against decay.

Try to avoid sodas and sweets, and cut down on foods containing carbohydrates, such as white bread. Instead, opt for crunchy vegetables and fruit, which are naturally low in sugar.

If you must indulge in sugar-packed treats, make sure you clean your teeth immediately afterwards with a fluoridated toothpaste. This will prevent the sugars from settling along the gum line and between your teeth.

Aggressive Bacteria

Some oral microbes are more dangerous than others when they react with sugars, so the bacteria that naturally forms in your mouth may be more aggressive than in other people. These particularly destructive forms of bacteria can easily break down the protective barriers of teeth, causing decay through the root of the tooth.

To help fight off aggressive oral microbes, combine regular brushing and flossing with a mouthwash that combats cavities by boosting your teeth’s natural protection.

Receding Gums

Gum recession can lead to the roots of a tooth becoming exposed, making the base of the tooth vulnerable to decay from bacteria build-up.  Brushing your gums gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush can help to prevent further gum recession. Use fluoridated toothpaste and a rinse designed to strengthen enamel.

It’s also a good idea to seek advice from a dental professional to ensure gum recession is not part of a bigger health problem.

Dry Mouth

An adequate supply of saliva is crucial to prevent cavities, because it flushes away sugars, food particles and bacteria in the mouth. To help prevent a dry mouth, rinse daily with an enamel-enhancing mouthwash and drink plenty of water.

As you get older, your mouth may be more likely to dry out, particularly if you take certain prescription medicines. If you think your dry mouth may be a side effect of medication, ask your doctor for advice.

Deep Grooves Mean More Cavities

If you have teeth with naturally deep grooves, you’re more susceptible to cavities, because they will hold onto food particles, sugars and microbes. These furrows are more difficult to clean, and, because of their proximity to the tooth root, can be very destructive.

To combat the problem, make sure these teeth are cleaned thoroughly twice a day to make sure no food particles are left behind.

If you need further advice on how to lessen the risk of dental cavities, contact Kitchener & Waterloo Emergency Dental Services today.