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I Brush My Teeth Twice a Day, So Why Do I Still Get Cavities?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Thomas Mahar
An electric toothbrushWe all know we should brush our teeth twice daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but cavities sometimes sneak up on us despite our best efforts. Knowing why that happens can mean better protection for teeth.

First, you must understand that brushing your teeth does not all add up to avoiding cavities. Our mouths are complete ecosystems, and within them reside several factors that contribute to the decay of teeth. We will look into a few of these and what to do.

Diet Matters

What you eat makes a big difference in oral health. Sugary, starchy foods can stick to your teeth, feeding the bacteria that cause problems. Even if you are still diligently brushing, frequent snacking will increase the risk of cavities. The solution? Limit sugary treats and refined carbs, and if you do indulge, brush afterward or at least rinse your mouth with water.

Technique and Tools

Are you brushing? Do you give due time and use the proper technique for each area of the mouth? Use fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush that is replaced every 3-4 months, or an electric one, for that matter. Remember to floss daily since it reaches places the toothbrush cannot.

Hidden Factors

Other factors may contribute to the formation of cavities. Among these are issues like dry mouth, which reduces saliva flow, thus lowering natural teeth cleaning, or genetic predispositions to tooth decay. Regular check-ups are important in the early detection of such problems.

Sealants and Fluoride Treatments

Ask your dentist about sealants or fluoride treatments. They can provide an extra layer, especially for your children or others with a high tendency to develop cavities.

Regular Dental Visits

The main point is routine dental check-ups. Even with the best home care, professional cleaning and exams are necessary. Your dentist can point out decayed areas at the beginning and give treatments to stop them.

Good oral health is more than just brushing. It incorporates the proper techniques, a balanced diet, and periodically visiting a dentist. If it has been a while since you have had a dental check-up, consider this your gentle reminder to pick up the phone and make an appointment. Your smile will thank you!

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