Plagued by Cavities? Let’s Look at Some Possible Culprits

General Dentistry Ardmore PA | CavitiesTooth decay is no fun. It’s not a problem that anyone wants to struggle with time and time again. Ardmore dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall places a great deal of emphasis on general care that aims to minimize each patient’s risk of cavities. If there are recurring instances of tooth decay in any adult, we want to question why. Clues to the prevalence of cavities can be found in a number of factors, and it isn’t always what you think.

We are taught to brush and floss our teeth daily and to limit consumption of foods and beverages that contain gobs of sugar. When you do this, and still find yourself facing the need for fillings or other restorative care, frustration is bound to happen. Let’s look at some of the hidden factors that could be making you prone to cavities.

Dry Mouth

Instances of cavities are substantially higher in individuals who have the chronic dry mouth. There is actually a dental term for this condition, xerostomia. There are also ways to work around it. Dry mouth could be caused by a number of underlying circumstances. We often see this condition secondary to diabetes, or the use of certain medications. Fortunately, it can be relatively simple to manage the level of moisture in the mouth. It isn’t necessary to drink much more water than normal; rather, to sip water every few minutes.

Heartburn

People who experience heartburn know the symptoms well, that burning sensation in the chest, or abdominal pain after eating certain foods. Heartburn is the name given to GERD or gastroesophogeal reflux disease. In addition to localized symptoms, heartburn may also allow acid to regain entry into the mouth, wearing down enamel and creating an increased risk for cavities. Talk with your dentist, and also to your family physician about how to control heartburn in order to protect teeth – and the body.

Crowding

Teeth need to be aligned properly in order to support optimal oral health. Slight misalignment creates tiny nooks and crannies into which debris can settle. When joined by bacteria and saliva, this debris becomes the sticky biofilm called plaque. Talk with your dentist about how to manage your oral health if you have teeth that are crowded or overlapping. It is possible that a brief round of orthodontic treatment can set you on a healthier path.

We are here to help you address your general and cosmetic dental concerns. Call (610) 649-0696 to schedule your visit.

 

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