Do you brush, floss, and use mouthwash every day, only to still have a mouth full of cavities? Sadly, maintaining a proper oral hygiene regimen doesn’t guarantee you’re safe from rotting teeth.
So, why do some people never seem to get cavities, while others can’t get away from them? Find out in today’s blog.
Information on Cavities
Cavities, also known as tooth decay and caries, are among the first indicators of rotting teeth. They’re permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into small openings or holes. These holes can take over your mouth due to a variety of factors, including frequent snacking, excess bacteria, not cleaning your teeth diligently, and drinking sugary drinks daily. Cavities are especially common in children, teenagers, and young adults.
Even if you brush your teeth every morning and night, you may develop cavities due to the following three factors.
1. Dry Mouth
We all need to produce saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths. Did you know saliva helps you digest your food? Moreover, it provides your mouth with protection by controlling bacteria and fungi formation, which can weaken your teeth’s enamel.
Children with the following conditions are more susceptible to developing dry mouth:
- Large tonsils and adenoids
- Tethered oral tissues, such as tongue or lip tie
- Food allergies
- Seasonal allergies that result in nose blockage, especially if your child starts to breathe through their mouth
It’s crucial to take your child to the dentist twice a year since they’re more prone to cavity development.
2. Lack of a Nutritional Diet
Feeding the bacteria inside your mouth with their favorite foods will lead to multiplication, wreaking more havoc on your oral health. Bacteria feast off of sticky foods, which can stick to your teeth’s surfaces and produce acid. Acidic pH can eventually deteriorate your teeth’s enamel.
Additionally, excess sugars and carbs can also produce large amounts of bacteria. Eating the following foods each day can be detrimental to your oral health:
Indulging in foods that are high on carbs, sodas, and other sugary sweets once in a while won’t harm you. However, we recommend you brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking sugary treats to minimize dental damage. Drinking water afterward also helps to prevent bacteria from gathering.
3. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is a complex yet essential biological process we participate in each night. It plays a vital role in controlling our brain and bodily functions, and a lack of it can result in sleep deprivation. Not getting enough rest can result in an immunity decrease, systemic inflammation, and a hormone imbalance. If you suffer from a weakened immune system, your mouth won’t be able to defend itself against bacteria, resulting in gum disease.
We recommend you aim to get approximately eight hours of sleep each night to protect your overall health.
Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help
Brushing and flossing your teeth can help keep your teeth happy, but you should also schedule a professional cleaning twice a year. If your dentist believes you need oral surgery as a result of rotting teeth, you can count on Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah.
Our board-certified oral surgeons specialize in a variety of procedures, which include tooth extraction, dental implant insertion, bone grafting, and more.
We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today.