Those who don’t visit the dentist on a regular basis may avoid scheduling an appointment because they are worried about the possibility of cavities. Cavities are close to 100-percent preventable if you understand the cause, and in today’s post, we will discuss four of the most common causes of cavities to help you achieve a cleaner and healthier mouth.

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How Cavities Are Formed

Receding Gums

As you may or may not know, your teeth are made up of a few different layers. The outermost layer is called enamel and it acts as a hard, protective coating. Cavities form when the enamel wears away and exposes a layer of dentin, which is softer and can easily become infected. The part of your tooth that is exposed has a thicker layer of enamel, making it more difficult for bacteria and acid to get to the dentin. However, if you have receding gums, you may find that you develop cavities more easily. Your gums protect the parts of your teeth that have thinner layers of enamel, but those with receding gums don’t have that extra layer of protection, resulting in more cavities closer to the root of the tooth.

The Shape of Your Teeth

Everything about a person is unique, and that description extends to your teeth. You won’t have the same shape or size teeth as someone else, and some people have teeth that are more prone to cavities than others. This is especially true for those who had teeth that grew in very close together. You’ve probably heard your dentist tell you over and over again to floss in order to prevent cavities. However, if you have teeth that are too close together, flossing may be a strenuous ordeal. Even then, you may not be able to floss all of the necessary areas. For this reason, those with teeth that are close together may develop more cavities than those with larger spaces between their teeth.

Frequent Snacking

You may have heard it said that it’s better to eat small snacks throughout the day than it is to eat three large meals. This practice is especially common for those who are trying to lose weight, or those trying to maintain their current weight. Snacking throughout the day may be helpful for your weight-loss goals, but it could be harmful to your teeth. When it comes to your teeth, the more times you eat throughout the day, the more chances your teeth have to come into contact with harmful substances that can cause cavities. If you want to prevent cavities, but you also want to snack throughout the day, the best solution is to brush your teeth after each snack to prevent plaque from building up on your teeth.

Sugary Foods and Drinks

Sugary foods and drink are the biggest culprits when it comes to causing cavities. As you may know, sugar can be found in almost anything, and eating excessive quantities of sugar can quickly wear down the enamel on your teeth and form cavities. Everyone eats sugar from time to time, especially children, but if you want to prevent cavities, the best thing you can do for your teeth is brush them after consuming large amounts of sugar.

Schedule an Appointment at Mosaic Dental

These are just a few common causes of cavities, and if you’re worried about the health of your teeth, then Mosaic Dental in Sterling is here to help. Our goal is to help you achieve the clean and healthy teeth you deserve in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We offer high-quality dental care and services to people of all ages, and our friendly staff is available to answer any and all of your questions. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, contact our office in Sterling today.

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