Even if you brush and floss several times a day, you can still get cavities. Unfortunately, your diet and DNA have a major influence on how prone you are to getting cavities.
Due to our sugary western diets, dentists are seeing more and more cavities among patients. As the bacteria in our bodies breaks down sucrose, they can enter the crevices in the teeth and begin the decaying process. Some of us may feel the effects of sugar more than others due to a genetic component.
The formation of cavities consists of a two-part combination – sugar being fermented by the bacteria and the hole in the tooth. Some of us are more susceptible to cavities because they have a naturally deep crevice. If you are one of these people, we highly recommend getting sealants to seal the deep crevices. This will ensure that bacteria and sugar does not seep into the teeth.
While there may not be evidence that brushing your teeth immediately after eating sugary treats, it certainly doesn’t hurt. Flossing is also crucial as it has been tied to inflammation which can lead to heart disease.
Tooth enamel is something that patients should consider as some people have softer tooth enamel, making it easier for bacteria to get into the teeth. The strength of your saliva helps to metabolize food as well; calcium, potassium and other aspects are crucial to maintaining healthy teeth.
One of the best things you can do to protect yourself against tooth decay is take a fluoride supplement. You can get it from toothpaste, dental treatments or in tablet form.