Cavities: What are they and are you at a high risk of developing them?

Cavities | ProDental Studio

Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities can develop for several reasons if you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly (as we all know we should; twice a day while flossing in the evening). You my become more susceptible to developing cavities due to the build up of plaque in your mouth. 

If you start to divert form this oral health routine, you may notice several problems prop up which in turn can lead to you developing more cavities. There are a number of other factors which can affect why we develop cavities and we have listed them below.

Genetics

Much like everything in our body, our mouth is unique to us which is why genetics can play a part in the amount of bacteria that is in our mouth at any given time. In some cases, we can also blame genetics for blessing some of us with brittle teeth which can be a determining factor when it comes to cavities as well. 

Age

As we get older the enamel on our teeth weakens which can lead to an increase in cavities. So, as we do age, it is important to take this into account; to make sure we are sticking with our oral health routine and to try and limit the amount of sugary treats that we are eating. 

Eating Disorders

There are many ways that eating disorders can be impactful to your health and one of those areas is your teeth. One of the reasons for this is the lack of calcium that your teeth will be receiving. Often, some eating disorders can lead to vomiting which breaks down the enamel on our teeth. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, please reach out and we would like to help you on your journey to recovery.

Alcohol

When we drink alcohol, it essentially dehydrates us. This leads to us having a dry mouth and alcohol is highly acidic which wears away the enamel on our teeth. 

Smoking

Everybody knows the dangers of smoking, especially the effect they can have on your oral health. Did you know that even one cigarette a day can have negative effects on your oral health? Smoking aids the development of bacteria and tartar in your mouth which can result in tooth decay, tooth lose, and cavities. 

If you can try to cut down on the factors that actively bring cavities about while sticking to your oral health routine than you are doing all that you can. To get a cavity is normal, its not the end of the world but what we don’t want to see is them being developed constantly by lifestyle choices or poor oral hygiene. If you notice a cavity or your tooth/teeth are feeling a little sensitive, book an appointment to come in and see us so we can identify the problem early.

Do you want more information or have any doubts left? Contact us here and we will happily help you.

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