Some people, despite constantly visiting their dentist, brushing their teeth regularly, and taking care of their oral health religiously, are just more prone to cavities. Plaque, the sticky substance formed by millions of bacteria in the mouth builds up much faster in these people compared to others. Why? Here are some of the reasons why some people are more prone to cavities:
The obvious reason is food choices. People whose diet is dominated by sugar tend to have more tooth cavities. Sugary snacks and beverages leave traces of sugar between teeth and along the gum lines. Bacteria feed on these sugar traces. Aside from brushing your teeth immediately after eating and drinking sugary food, you can also develop a better eating habit to minimize plaques in teeth and gums. Drinking water is not only good for your body, it is good for your teeth too because it washes away food debris lingering in the mouth.
Gum problems also make some people more prone to cavities. Excessive gum recession exposes the roots of the teeth, making them even more vulnerable to plaque and bacteria build-up. With the roots exposed and targeted by bacteria, tooth decay becomes even faster. If you have sensitive gums, use ultra-thin toothbrush bristles to avoid further gum recession and tearing. Ask your dentist if you can use enamel enhancing oral rinse to protect both your teeth and gums from cavities and infection.
Some people's teeth structure makes them more prone to cavities. Teeth that have deep grooves provide fertile spaces for bacteria build-up. These deep grooves are often inaccessible to common toothbrushes and even floss. With plenty of places to hide in, bacteria build-up is easier until the teeth collect plaque and become cavities. If you have teeth with deep grooves, use tooth brushes with varied bristle lengths. More advanced toothbrushes are now designed to reach even the deep grooves of the teeth. Using mouthwash can also help you wash away food debris and bacteria from teeth grooves.
Some people are more prone to cavities because of their unhealthy food choices, gum problems, and teeth structure. Aside from regularly visiting your dentist for a cleaning and maintaining overall oral health, you can also use specialized toothbrush designs for sensitive gums and deep teeth grooves. Most importantly, healthy food choices and drinking lots of water can also save you from being more prone to cavities compared to others.