Do you find yourself getting frequent cavities even though you have impeccable oral hygiene? You do absolutely everything you can to prevent them but no such luck. Maybe it isn’t your fault at all. Even though there are many factors contributing to cavities that we can control, there are some that we cannot.
There are a few risk factors that I’m afraid we have no control over. You can try altering your diet and your hygiene routine, but if nothing seems to work maybe you belong in one of these following categories.
Younger kids are at a greater risk for cavities. Many people blame the children for not knowing how to properly care for their teeth. The truth is, as a child’s teeth develop they are not strong enough to protect themselves from all the acids and bacteria that enters our mouth.
Older age also presents a risk. As we age our gums recede leaving our teeth less protected. Root cavities become much more common as we age.
Saliva is very helpful in keeping our teeth protected. It helps wash away particles from our teeth and also can help neutralize acids. Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of medications or there could be a genetic factor. Either way, there isn’t much you can do to save your teeth from this condition.
As if gastroesophageal reflux disease wasn’t enough of a problem, it can take a serious toll on your teeth. With acidity frequently coming into the mouth your teeth will start to lose the protective enamel layer. Enamel protects your teeth from a lot, including cavities. With that protection compromised you are at a much greater risk for cavities.
Even though those with diabetes are typically very good at limiting the sugar in their diets, they have more of a risk for cavities. Diabetes causes your immune system to be weakened. Our immune systems help us to fight tooth decay. If your immune system is not functioning at its greatest strengths then you are likely to experience troubled teeth even with a great hygiene regimen.
Similarly to diabetes, certain respiratory diseases can weaken the immune system. But, there is another reason that respiratory disease can influence the health of your teeth. Those that suffer from these diseases often have to breathe through their mouth limiting the amount of saliva in the mouth. And like I said before, saliva is crucial to keep the teeth clean and protected between brushings.
If you are unlucky enough to fall into one of these categories, you may find yourself working extra hard to keep your teeth clear of cavities. While these circumstances are out of your control, there are still options for you to improve your oral health.
Let Eagle Rock Dental help! With an examination and history, we will be able to help you find what works for you. With frequent cavities comes frequent dentist visits. For your convenience, you can now schedule your appointment online! Please contact us with any and all of your questions.