I brush and floss and have cut out sugary snacks, but I still get cavities! What am I doing wrong?
There are many factors that contribute to your susceptibility to cavities. Some factors are within your control, such as:
- Brushing and flossing every day using proper techniques
- Reducing or eliminating consumption of sugary snacks
- Limiting consumption of beverages other than water
- Minimizing between-meal snacking
- Not smoking
- Maintaining a healthy, low-sugar diet
However, there are other factors that can increase the risk of cavities. Genetics, medical certain medical conditions, current medications, and pH imbalance can all increase your chances of getting a cavity.
If you are practicing proper oral hygiene habits and have modified your diet but are still getting cavities, talk to us. We specialize in additional methods of cavity prevention. There are a wide range of products we can recommend to help, depending on what other factors are causing the cavities.
During your exam and cleaning, we can evaluate your specific circumstances and perform saliva tests and other diagnostic procedures. Based on your results, we can help you add products to your daily brushing and flossing routine that can reduce the acid and bacteria levels in your mouth, strengthen weakened enamel, or even replace healthy bacteria you may be lacking.
Cavity prevention goes far beyond brushing, flossing, and flouride these days. If you struggle with cavities despite your best efforts, call to schedule an exam and cleaning at our conveniently located dentist office in Middleton, CT, and we'll help you take the next step toward oral health.
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