Why Do I Get Cavities Even Though I Brush?

You know that brushing twice a day is a crucial part of maintaining good oral health. So that's what you're doing. Every morning and night you brush your teeth carefully. But, despite your best efforts, you're still getting cavities. You even switched to an electric toothbrush, hoping to get better results but without much to show for 

Why's that? 

Here are some answers. 

Brushing Alone Will Not Prevent Cavities

Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth throughout the day. Plaque produces acid that attacks your tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and cavities. 

But, brushing alone is not enough to prevent cavities and that's because a regular toothbrush can't reach every nook and cranny in your mouth, particularly between your teeth and along the gumline. Plaque can accumulate in these hard-to-reach areas, leading to tooth decay, cavities, and even gum disease. Flossing can help remove some of the plaque from these areas, but that's not foolproof either. 

The way you brush your teeth matters too. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes. You should brush the teeth from the gum line down, applying enough pressure to effectively remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth.

The best way to keep your teeth cavity-free is to go to regular dental check-ups, about every six months or so. 

Other Causes of Cavities

While poor oral hygiene is a common cause of cavities, other factors can contribute to tooth decay. 

  • Your Diet: Eating sugary or starchy foods can contribute to the formation of cavities. When you eat these foods, the bacteria in your mouth produce acid that can attack your tooth enamel.
  • Dry Mouth: Saliva helps to wash away food particles and bacteria and neutralize the acid they are producing. If you have a dry mouth, either because of a medical condition or medication, you may be at a higher risk of developing cavities.
  • Genetics: Some people may be more prone to cavities due to genetic factors. For example, if you have a weaker enamel, you may be at a higher risk of developing cavities. 
  • Age: As you get older, your tooth enamel becomes thinner and more prone to decay.

Make An Appointment with Dr. Chaz Vittitow 

If you're experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, or if you suspect you have a cavity, you should get in touch with Dr. Chaz Vittitow at The Local Dentist. He will perform a thorough examination of your oral teeth and help you determine the cause of your cavities. He will then create a personalized oral health care plan based on your unique needs. 

You can book your appointment by getting in touch with us online or calling us at (360) 543-8488 and chatting with one of our friendly team members.

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