We have had patients sigh with resignation when they learn they have yet another cavity. Some even wonder if they will ever stop getting them. However, what they don’t realize is that recurring cavities can be prevented. They just need to take some extra time when brushing and flossing their teeth.
Are Some People More Susceptible to Decay?
In some cases, some people are more susceptible to decay. It is in their DNA. Therefore, to prevent recurring cavities, we recommend that patients see us for checkups more often. Decay can also be a problem for people with crowded or crooked teeth. It can be harder to floss and brush, or reach some of those nooks and crannies for plaque. In these cases, we frequently recommend teeth straightening and suggest that they take more time on their dental hygiene. It also helps to use a water flosser to get to any spots that are hard to clean with regular floss or a toothbrush.
Changing the Diet
Cavities can form easier, as well, if you eat foods that promote tooth decay. Processed foods, sugary treats, and sodas can all lead to recurring problems with cavities. If you want to improve your dental health, you may want to change what you eat and drink. It can also help to stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Certain lifestyle changes can also impact your dental health.
Give us a call for an exam and cleaning if you have not had your teeth checked in the last six months. While it may feel frustrating to experience recurring cavities, it does not mean it as to continue. We will do everything we can to help you achieve better dental health. Call us today for an exam and an appointment. The sooner you make it your goal to improve your dental health, the more confident you will feel about your dental care.